Geochemistry of Hydrothermal Systems

  • David Nieva
  • Rosa María Barragán
  • Víctor Arellano
Reference work entry
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Adiabatic process

A process undergone by a system during which there is no heat exchange between the system and its surroundings.


Thermodynamic potential (akin to the internal energy) of a system that remains constant when the system undergoes an adiabatic process at constant pressure and composition.

Geothermal reservoir engineering

Branch of engineering that applies scientific principles to the problems arising during the extraction of mass and heat from a geothermal resource.

Geothermal resource

Unless otherwise specified, in this article the meaning is restricted to a hydrothermal system selected for exploitation with the purpose of extracting usable heat.

Magma chamber

Large accumulation of molten rock found beneath the surface of the Earth.

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...


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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