Geothermal Fluids

Chemistry and Exploration Techniques

  • Keith┬áNicholson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Geothermal Fluid Chemistry

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      Pages XVII-XVII
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  3. Exploration Techniques & Surveys

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      Pages 139-139
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  4. Back Matter
    Pages 225-263

About this book


This book introduces aqueous geochemistry applied to geothermal systems. It is specifically designed for readers first entering into the world of geothermal energy from a variety of scientific and engineering backgrounds, and consequently is not intended to be the last word on geothermal chemistry. Instead it is intended to provide readers with sufficient background knowledge to permit them to subsequently understand more complex texts and scientific papers on geothermal energy. The book is structured into two parts. The first explains how geothermal fluids and their associated chemistry evolve, and shows how the chemistry of these fluids can be used to, deduce information about the resource. The second part concentrates on survey techniques explaining how these should be performed and the procedures which need to be adopted to ensure reliable sampling and analytical data are obtained. A geothermal system requires a heat source and a fluid which transfers the heat towards the surface. The fluid could be molten rock (magma) or water. This book concentrates on the chemistry of the water, or hydrothermal, systems. Consequently, magma-energy systems are not considered. Hot-dry rock (HDR) systems are similarly outside the scope of this text, principally because they contain no indigenous fluid for study. Both magma-energy and HDR systems have potential as energy sources but await technological developments before they can be exploited commercially. Geothermal systems based on water, however, are proven energy resources which have been successfully developed throughout the world.


Gas Geochemie Geothermal Geothermie Isotope Reservoir Wasser Water geochemistry geothermal energy

Authors and affiliations

  • Keith┬áNicholson
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  1. 1.School of Applied SciencesThe Robert Gordon UniversityAberdeenScotland, UK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-77846-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-77844-5
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