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Hydrothermal Systems, Geochemistry of

  • David Nieva
  • Rosa María Barragán
  • Víctor Arellano
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0851-3_306

Definition of the Subject

In its most ample definition, geochemistry involves the study of the abundance, distribution, transformation, and transport of the elements, and their isotopes and compounds in the Earth and other planets. In this entry, this extremely ample subject is drastically reduced by two constraints. In the first instance, it is restricted to the discussion of hydrothermal systems, the only type of high-temperature geothermal resource that is exploitable with current conventional technology for the production of electricity and process heat. The second constraint consists of the pragmatic approach to the subject. Indeed, the entry refers to the interplay between science and technology, which has led to the development of techniques based on geochemical considerations that have proven useful for the characterization and exploitation of hydrothermal systems.

Early studies of hydrothermal systems were concerned with the underground flow of heat and water [1, 2, 3, 4]....

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Nieva
    • 1
  • Rosa María Barragán
    • 1
  • Víctor Arellano
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de Investigaciones EléctricasCuernavacMexico