Isotopic Zoning And Origin Of The Aquifers In The Discharge Area Of The Geothermal Fields Of Ahuachapan And Chipilapa, El Salvador

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Journal Article: Isotopic Zoning And Origin Of The Aquifers In The Discharge Area Of The Geothermal Fields Of Ahuachapan And Chipilapa, El Salvador

Abstract
The northern discharge areas of the Ahuachapan, and Chipilapa geothermal fields can be subdivided into four different zones based on their structural position, and the isotopic and chemical composition of their waters. In general, the contribution of geothermal waters from these two fields was estimated to be less than 10%. Elevation effects are of little importance, whereas a slight trend towards higher isotopic values with increasing water temperatures may exist. The NNW-SSE-trending Escalante and Agua Caliente faults represent lateral groundwater barriers, and provide vertical conduits for the ascending geothermal waters. The western discharge areas seem to be more influenced by the Ahuachapan, geothermal field, whereas those to the east are more influenced by the Chipilapa field. Groundwaters in the Northern Plain are mainly from shallow northward-flowing aquifers. These waters show temperature effects, mixing with geothermal waters and are affected by the geology of the area. However, none of these factors alone can explain the isotopic variations observed in the waters of the northern discharge areas.

Authors 
Vicente Torres Rodriguez, Peter Birkle, Eduardo Gonzalez Partida, David Nieva, Mahendra Pal Verma, Enrique Portugal Marin and Federico Castellanos








Published Journal 
Geothermics, Date Not Provided





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Citation

Vicente Torres Rodriguez,Peter Birkle,Eduardo Gonzalez Partida,David Nieva,Mahendra Pal Verma,Enrique Portugal Marin,Federico Castellanos. . Isotopic Zoning And Origin Of The Aquifers In The Discharge Area Of The Geothermal Fields Of Ahuachapan And Chipilapa, El Salvador. Geothermics. (!) .