Trace and ultra-trace element hydrochemistry of Lesvos thermal springs

  • E. Tziritis
  • A. Kelepertzis
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The present study examines the hydrochemical characteristics that rise from trace and ultra-trace elements of Lesvos thermal springs. Six main thermal springs were sampled and analyzed extensively for a large set of parameters. The detected concentrations of REE (La, Ce, Nd, Gd, Er, and U) are attributed to specific geochemical processes and environmental conditions, such as complexation, acidic environment and elevated temperatures. The presence of As is related with epithermal sulphide gold mineralization, as well as the presence of Pb, Sb, Cu, Zn and Fe. Germanium is correlated with the existence of Si-rich acid volcanic formations and possibly with Cu-rich sulphide minerals. Thallium is enriched in thermal waters of Lesvos, compared with other geothermal fields, and consists a significant environmental threat for human environment, due to its presence at the majority of the sampled springs which are used for blaneotherapy purposes.


Thermal Water Thermal Spring Geothermal System Geothermal Field Volcanic Formation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Tziritis
    • 1
  • A. Kelepertzis
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Geology & GeoenvironmentNational & Kapodistrian University of AthensIlissia, AthensGreece

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