Compound and Elemental Analysis At Valles Caldera - Sulphur Springs Area (Rao, Et Al., 1996)
Exploration Activity: Compound and Elemental Analysis At Valles Caldera - Sulphur Springs Area (Rao, Et Al., 1996)
|Exploration Activity Details|
|Location||Valles Caldera - Sulphur Springs Geothermal Area|
|Exploration Technique||Compound and Elemental Analysis|
|Activity Date||1996 - 1996|
Isotopic analysis of waters sampled from 3 meteoric-dominated springs, 7 high-temperature drill holes, and 6 surface hot springs was conducted to determine fluid pathways and the origin of chloride in the system. Most of the samples analyzed during this investigation were analyzed for their hydrogen and oxygen isotope contents as a part of previous studies (Goff & Grigsby, 1982; Vuataz & Goff, 1986). The present study focuses on the interpretation of 36Cl- concentrations of the water samples measured by accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS). 36Cl/Cl ratios indicate that deeply circulating meteoric waters derive their high chloride contents from Precambrian basement and Paleozoic rocks before ascending into more shallow volcaniclastic reservoirs, and that residence times for these waters are <100,000 years. 36Cl/Cl ratios also confirm previous classifications of the sampled waters as meteoric or thermal waters established by previous stable isotope results (Vuataz & Goff, 1986).
- Usha Rao, U. Fehn, R. T. D. Teng, Fraser E. Goff (1996) Sources Of Chloride In Hydrothermal Fluids From The Valles Caldera, New Mexico- A 36Cl Study