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Brine evolution and mineral deposition in hydrologically open evaporite basins

American Journal of Science

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Abstract

A lumped-parameter, solute mass-balance model is developed to define the role of water outflow from a well-mixed basin. A mass-balance model is analyzed with a geochemical model designed for waters with high ionic strengths. Two typical waters, seawater and a Na-HCO3 ground water, are analyzed to illustrate the control that the leakage ratio (or hydrologic openness of the basin) has on brine evolution and the suite and thicknesses of evaporite minerals deposited. The analysis suggests that brines evolve differently under different leakage conditions. -from Authors

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Brine evolution and mineral deposition in hydrologically open evaporite basins
Series title:
American Journal of Science
Volume
291
Issue:
7
Year Published:
1991
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
American Journal of Science
First page:
687
Last page:
710
Number of Pages:
24