A combined isotopic tool box for the investigation of water-rock interaction: An overview of Sr, B, O, H isotopes and U-series in deep groundwaters from the Vienne granitoid (France)

  • Ph. Négrel
  • J. Casanova
  • W. Kloppmann
  • J. F. Aranyossy
Part of the Water Science and Technology Library book series (WSTL, volume 40)


An “isotopic toolbox” comprising strontium, stable boron, oxygen and hydrogen isotopes as well as the uranium series has been used to place constraints on the origin deep groundwaters from the crystalline basement of the Vienne region in France.

For deep groundwaters from the Vienne granitoid, the conclusions drawn from Sr and B isotope compositions converge towards a marine origin modified by water rock interaction (WRI). The B isotope (δ11B) compositions of the most saline waters lie close to those of present-day seawater while the 87Sr/86Sr ratios are slightly higher than those of the Jurassic ocean (i.e. the last transgressive episode) as a result of subsequent WRI. This is in agreement with a model developed to determine the 87Sr/86Sr ratio of water after interaction with granitoid. The stable O-H isotope data suggest that, as is the case for waters from many crystalline shields, WRI under low temperature-low porosity conditions has modified the 18O and/or 2H compositions of the liquid phase. Example where 234U has been preferentially mobilised relative to 238U is presented and discussed in relation to two main processes of U mobility: preferential solution related to oxidative paleo-events in the upper zone (0 – 400m depth) of the site and alpha-recoil induced solution in the lower zone (400 – 900m).


Total Dissolve Solid Isotopic Fractionation Shallow Groundwater Deep Groundwater Strontium Isotope 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ph. Négrel
    • 1
  • J. Casanova
    • 1
  • W. Kloppmann
    • 1
  • J. F. Aranyossy
    • 2
  1. 1.Water DepartmentBRGMOrléans Cedex 2France
  2. 2.ANDRAChâtenay-MalabryFrance

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