The sulfate-water isotope geothermometer indicates higher equilibrium temperatures than the silica or cation ratio geothermometers for the Na-Cl and Na-Ca-Cl thermal waters of the Cascade Range, Oregon and the Na-SO4 thermal waters of the Modoc Plateau, northeastern California. Sulfate concentrations in the Na-Ca-Cl waters decrease as ??18O values of the dissolved sulfate become more depleted; conversely, sulfate concentrations in the Na-SO4 waters increase as ??18O values of the sulfate become more depleted. Calculations show that the thermal waters are theoretically saturated with respect to anhydrite (CaSO4) at temperatures very close to those calculated from the sulfate-water isotope geothermometer. ?? 1993.
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Geothermometry and water-rock interaction in selected thermal systems in the cascade range and modoc plateau, western United States