Hydrochemistry and geothermometrical modeling of low-temperature Panticosa geothermal system (Spain)

  • Asta M
  • Gimeno M
  • Auqué L
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The chemical characteristics of the low-temperature geothermal system of Panticosa (Spain) were investigated in order to determine the water temperature at the reservoir and to identify the main geochemical processes that affect the water composition during the ascent of the thermal waters. In general, the studied waters are similar to other geothermal systems in the Pyrenees, belonging to the group of granite-related alkaline thermal waters (high pH, low total dissolved solids, very low magnesium concentration, and sodium as the dominant cation). According to the alkaline pH of these waters, they have a very low CO2partial pressure, bicarbonate is the dominant anion and silica is partially ionized as H3SiO4-. The unusually active acid-base pairs (HCO3-/CO32-and, mainly, H4SiO4/H3SiO4-) act as homogeneous pH buffers and contribute to the total alkalinity in these alkaline waters. On the basis of the study of the conservative elements, a mixing process between a hot and a cold end-member has been identified. Additionally, in order to determinate the water temperature at the reservoir, several geothermometric techniques have been applied, including both geothermometrical modeling and classical geothermometrical calculations. The geothermometrical modeling seems to indicate that thermal waters re-equilibrate with respect to calcite and kaolinite during their ascent to the surface. Modeling results suggest that these thermal waters would be in equilibrium with respect to albite, K-feldspar, quartz, calcite, kaolinite and zoisite at a similar temperature of 90±20°C in the reservoir, which is in good agreement with the results obtained by applying the classical geothermometers. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Alkaline waters
  • Geochemical modeling
  • Geothermal system
  • Geothermometry
  • Mixing
  • Thermal springs

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  • Maria P. Asta

  • Maria J. Gimeno

  • Luis F. Auqué

  • Javier Gómez

  • Patricia Acero

  • Pilar Lapuente

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