Geochemistry of the Jurassic and Upper Cretaceous shales from the Molango Region, Hidalgo, eastern Mexico: Implications for source-area weathering, provenance, and tectonic setting
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NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Comptes Rendus Geoscience. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Comptes Rendus Geoscience, Vol. 345, No. 4 (2013). DOI: 10.1016/j.crte.2013.03.004
This study focuses on the Jurassic (Huayacocotla and Pimienta Formations) and Upper Cretaceous (Mendez Formation) shales from the Molango Region, Hidalgo, Mexico. In this article, we discuss the mineralogy, major, and trace element geochemistry of the Mesozoic shales of Mexico. The goal of this study is to constrain the provenance of the shales, which belong to two different periods of the Mesozoic Era and to understand the weathering conditions and tectonic environments of the source region.
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