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Environmental Geochemistry and Health

, Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 475–490 | Cite as

Hydrogeochemistry of the drinking water sources of Derebogazi Village (Kahramanmaras) and their effects on human health

  • Yusuf Uras
  • Yagmur Uysal
  • Tugba Atilan Arikan
  • Alican Kop
  • Mustafa Caliskan
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Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the sources of drinking water for Derebogazi Village, Kahramanmaras Province, Turkey, in terms of hydrogeochemistry, isotope geochemistry, and medical geology. Water samples were obtained from seven different water sources in the area, all of which are located within quartzite units of Paleozoic age, and isotopic analyses of 18O and 2H (deuterium) were conducted on the samples. Samples were collected from the region for 1 year. Water quality of the samples was assessed in terms of various water quality parameters, such as temperature, pH, conductivity, alkalinity, trace element concentrations, anion–cation measurements, and metal concentrations, using ion chromatography, inductively coupled plasma (ICP) mass spectrometry, ICP-optical emission spectrometry techniques. Regional health surveys had revealed that the heights of local people are significantly below the average for the country. In terms of medical geology, the sampled drinking water from the seven sources was deficient in calcium and magnesium ions, which promote bone development. Bone mineral density screening tests were conducted on ten females using dual energy X-ray absorptiometry to investigate possible developmental disorder(s) and potential for mineral loss in the region. Of these ten women, three had T-scores close to the osteoporosis range (T-score < −2.5).

Keywords

Hydrogeology Hydrogeochemistry Isotope geochemistry Drinking water Medical geology 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This study was funded and supported by the Unit of Research Project (BAP) of Kahramanmaras Sutcu Imam University. The authors are grateful to KSU-BAP for the financial support provided for the pursuit of this project.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yusuf Uras
    • 1
  • Yagmur Uysal
    • 2
  • Tugba Atilan Arikan
    • 3
  • Alican Kop
    • 1
  • Mustafa Caliskan
    • 1
  1. 1.Geology Engineering DepartmentKahramanmaras Sutcu Imam UniversityKahramanmarasTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Environmental Engineering, Engineering and Architecture FacultyKahramanmaras Sutcu Imam UniversityKahramanmarasTurkey
  3. 3.Science Education DepartmentKahramanmaras Sutcu Imam UniversityKahramanmarasTurkey

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