Surface and groundwater hydrochemistry in the mid-Gregory Rift, Kenya: First impressions and potential implications for geothermal systems

Neil M. Burnside, Nelly Montcoudiol, Adrian J. Boyce

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Abstract

The University of Glasgow has a long tradition of scientific endeavour in the Gregory Rift Valley. This paper details some of the history and inspiration behind current hydrological efforts and details results from a 2016 field excursion to this region. A range of surface and ground waters were sampled and analysed for physical, chemical, and stable isotope composition as scoping investigation into geothermal-related hydrological systems. The results allow us to make some initial observations that will be followed up by additional multi-seasonal data collection. Our initial results show clear chemical and isotopic signals for river, lake, hot spring and Menengai geothermal well waters.

Original languageEnglish
Article number07004
Number of pages5
JournalE3S Web of Conferences
Volume98
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2019
Event16th International Symposium on Water-Rock Interaction, WRI 2019 and 13th International Symposium on Applied Isotope Geochemistry, 1st IAGC International Conference - Tomsk, Russian Federation
Duration: 21 Jul 201926 Jul 2019

Keywords

  • Gregory Rift Valley
  • hydrological vulnerabilities
  • ground water
  • geothermal waters
  • geothermal fluid flow pathways

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