Trace Element Composition of Red Sea Geothermal Brine and Interstitial Water

  • R. R. Brooks
  • I. R. Kaplan
  • M. N. A. Peterson

Abstract

Analytical data are presented for concentration of Na, K, Ca, Mg, Li, Sr, Mn, Fe, Pb, Cu, Zn, Cd, Co and Ni in the brine of Atlantis II and Discovery Deeps and also the interstitial water. Enrichment of alkali metals, Ca, Mn, Fe, Pb, Cu and Zn was found in the brine, and Mg was depleted relative to sea water. All metals were enriched in the interstitial water, with the exception of Mg and Fe. The base metals are much more enriched in the interstitial water than the brine.

On the basis that trace metal enrichment is higher in brine and interstitial water samples from the Atlantis II Deep than from the Discovery Deep, it is suggested that the source of the brine is derived from beneath the floor at Atlantis II Deep.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. R. Brooks
    • 1
  • I. R. Kaplan
    • 2
  • M. N. A. Peterson
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryMassey UniversityPalmerston NorthNew Zealand
  2. 2.Department of Geology and Institute of Geophysics and Planetary PhysicsUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.Scripps Institution of OceanographyLa JollaUSA

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