Hydrogeochemistry of thermal and mineralized waters in the Diyadin (Agri) area, Eastern Turkey

Pasvanoglu S.

APPLIED GEOCHEMISTRY, cilt.38, ss.70-81, 2013 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier


The Diyadin Geothermal area, located in the eastern part of Anatolia (Turkey) where there has been recent volcanic activity, is favorable for the formation of geothermal systems. Indeed, the Diyadin geothermal system is located in an active geodynamic zone, where strike-slip faults and tensional cracks have developed due to N-S regional compression. The area is characterized by closely spaced thermal and mineralized springs, with temperatures in the range 30-64 degrees C, and flowrates 0.5-10 L/s. Thermal spring waters are mainly of Ca(Na)-HCO3 and Ca(Mg)-SO4 types, with high salinity, while cold groundwater is mostly of Ca(Na, Mg)-HCO3 type, with lower salinity. High contents of some minor elements in thermal waters, such as F, B, Li, Rb, Sr and Cs probably derive from enhanced water-rock interaction.