Water-rock interaction of silicic rocks : an experimental and geochemical modelling study

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Titill: Water-rock interaction of silicic rocks : an experimental and geochemical modelling studyWater-rock interaction of silicic rocks : an experimental and geochemical modelling study
Höfundur: Rodríguez, Alejandro 1977 ; Jarðhitaskóli Háskóla Sameinuðu þjóðanna
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10802/12762
Útgefandi: United Nations University; Orkustofnun
Útgáfa: 12.2011
Ritröð: United Nations University., UNU Geothermal Training Programme, Iceland. Report ; 2011:01
Efnisorð: Jarðhiti; Steindir
ISSN: 1670-7427
ISBN: 9789979683025
Tungumál: Enska
Tengd vefsíðuslóð: http://www.os.is/gogn/unu-gtp-report/UNU-GTP-2011-01.pdf
Tegund: Bók
Gegnir ID: 991008363399706886
Athugasemdir: MSc thesisMyndefni: myndir, línurit, töflur ;.
Útdráttur: The water-silicic rock interaction under geothermal conditions was studied both experimentally and using reaction path simulations to get insights into to the process of rock alteration including secondary mineralogy, water chemistry and mass transfer as a function of rock composition and reaction progress (ξ). The experiments and model calculations were conducted at 240°C and water vapour saturation pressures on two glass samples, dacite from Askja and rhyolite from Hekla, and initial non-thermal groundwater containing ~5000 ppm NaCl, ~1600-3500 ppm CO2 and ~140 ppm H2S. The dissolution of the silicic glasses were found to be incongruent with the formation of secondary minerals including quartz, anhydrite, clays like montmorillonite, illite and/or mixed illitesmectite and chlorite, zeolites like analcime and phillipsite as well as traces of anatase and fluorite. Moreover, most of the observed minerals were found to be saturated or supersaturated. The changes in water chemistry were characterized by a decrease in CO2, Mg, Fe and Al concentrations, relatively steady concentrations for Na and SO4 whereas Si initially rose followed by decrease after ~40 days.For H2S, F and Ca considerable differences were observed depending on the starting material. The formation of secondary minerals greatly reduced the mobility of Al, Fe, Mg and Si and to lesser extent Ca and Na, however, K was observed to be mobile relative to B. The reaction path simulations demonstrate that the appearance of various secondary minerals in a closed system is a function of reaction progress, initially with the formation of clays and sulphides followed by the appearance of quartz and zeolites. Upon considerable reaction (>1 mol rock dissolution in 1 kg of water) other Al-Si minerals also become important and sometimes predominant including epidote, feldspars and chlorite, this last stage closely corresponds to the commonly observed alteration mineralogy associated with geothermal systems hosted by silicic rocks. The exact clay mineralogy was also found to be dependent on the initial system composition, with illite and mixed illite-smectite being more important associated with the rhyolite and montmorillonite associated with the dacite. In addition, comparison of the experimental results and reaction path simulations revealed that reaction kinetics may be of potential importance in the formation of Na, K and Si containing minerals with some profound influences on the respective elemental solution concentrations. This in turn affected the predicted geothermometry temperatures that were found to vary from <150 to >350°C and be a function of the extent of reaction for the 240°C experiments.


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