Structural, petrographic and geochemical features of the calcite quarry in the Biga Peninsula (Çanakkale, Türkiye)

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Mustafa Kaya
Cihan Yalçın
Mustafa Kumral


Calcite is a significant industrial raw material used in many fields owing to its properties. For this reason, determining the calcite quarry's geological and geochemical characteristics promotes the sector. This study was carried out to explain the geological and geochemical properties of the marble blocks of Paleozoic metamorphics located in the Biga peninsula. The length of this area, operated as a calcite quarry, is 350 meters, and its width is around 50 meters. Although alterations are partially observed due to the effect of faulting, the alteration is quite low in the main production area. Secondary minerals are rarely seen in fractures and cracks in marbles that display texturally granular texture. In geochemical analyzes, CaO values are around 55%, and MgO values are quite low. Structural elements in the region show that the region has gone through two separate deformation phases. These are NW-SE direction compression and NW-SE direction tension, respectively. Rose and point-contour diagrams obtained from the joint values measured in the calcite field confirm these deformation phases. The structural condition of the calcite quarry in terms of operation is compatible with its other characteristics. These data show that the calcite quarry suggests remarkably useful properties in terms of industrial raw materials.

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Kaya, M. . ., Yalçın, C. ., & Kumral , M. . (2022). Structural, petrographic and geochemical features of the calcite quarry in the Biga Peninsula (Çanakkale, Türkiye). Engineering Applications, 1(2), 108–116. Retrieved from


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