Water quality and water-rock interaction in the Harz Mountains (Germany)

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/596352
Title:
Water quality and water-rock interaction in the Harz Mountains (Germany)
Authors:
Bozau, Elke; Staerk, Hans-Joachim; Strauch, Gerhard; Swanson, Claudia
Abstract:
The Harz Mountains, known for ancient silver and base metal mining, are an important drinking water supply region for northern Germany today. The water quality of the Harz Mountains is mainly influenced by atmospheric depositions, water-rock inter- actions and biological activities. Anthropogenic influences are minor. Springs, creeks, lakes and reservoirs have relatively low mineralisation. Measured as specific electrical conductivity, the mineralisation of the different water bodies ranges from about 15 to 650 µS/cm. Only deep springs and mine waters reach higher values. Despite dilution effects due to different rainwater amounts, water-rock interaction can be retraced by the chemical water composition, especially by trace metals and rare earth element concentrations. Examples of water-rock interaction are discussed for granite, greywacke and limestone.
Affiliation:
Technische Universitaet Clausthal, University of Chester
Citation:
Bozau, E., Staerk, H-J., Strauch, G., & Swanson, C. (2015). Water quality and water-rock interaction in the Harz Mountains (Germany). European Geologist Journal, 40, 13-19.
Publisher:
European Federation of Geologists
Journal:
European Geologist Journal
Publication Date:
1-Nov-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/596352
Additional Links:
http://eurogeologists.eu/journal/
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1028-267X
Appears in Collections:
Natural Sciences

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorBozau, Elkeen
dc.contributor.authorStaerk, Hans-Joachimen
dc.contributor.authorStrauch, Gerharden
dc.contributor.authorSwanson, Claudiaen
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-16T16:37:39Zen
dc.date.available2016-02-16T16:37:39Zen
dc.date.issued2015-11-01en
dc.identifier.citationBozau, E., Staerk, H-J., Strauch, G., & Swanson, C. (2015). Water quality and water-rock interaction in the Harz Mountains (Germany). European Geologist Journal, 40, 13-19.en
dc.identifier.issn1028-267Xen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/596352en
dc.description.abstractThe Harz Mountains, known for ancient silver and base metal mining, are an important drinking water supply region for northern Germany today. The water quality of the Harz Mountains is mainly influenced by atmospheric depositions, water-rock inter- actions and biological activities. Anthropogenic influences are minor. Springs, creeks, lakes and reservoirs have relatively low mineralisation. Measured as specific electrical conductivity, the mineralisation of the different water bodies ranges from about 15 to 650 µS/cm. Only deep springs and mine waters reach higher values. Despite dilution effects due to different rainwater amounts, water-rock interaction can be retraced by the chemical water composition, especially by trace metals and rare earth element concentrations. Examples of water-rock interaction are discussed for granite, greywacke and limestone.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherEuropean Federation of Geologistsen
dc.relation.urlhttp://eurogeologists.eu/journal/en
dc.subjectHydrogeologyen
dc.subjectHarz Mountainsen
dc.titleWater quality and water-rock interaction in the Harz Mountains (Germany)en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentTechnische Universitaet Clausthal, University of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalEuropean Geologist Journalen
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