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Time scales of regional circulation of saline fluids in continental aquifers (Armorican massif, Western France)


In recent decades, saline fluids have been sampled worldwide at great depths in continental basements. Although some of them have been attributed to marine transgressions the mechanisms allowing their circulation is not understood. In this paper,we describe the horizontal and vertical distribution of moderately saline fluids (60 to 51400mgL?1) sampled at depths ranging from 41 to 200m in aquifers at the regionalscale of the Armorican Massif (northwestern France). The horizontal and vertical distributions of high chloride concentrations are in good agreement with both the altitudinal and vertical limits and succession of the three major transgressions between the MioPliocene and Pleistocene ages. The mean chloride concentration for each transgression area is exponentially related to the time spanned until present. It defines the potential laws of leaching of marine waters by fresh meteoric waters. The results of the Armorican aquifers provide the first observed constraints for the time scales of sea-water circulation in the continental basement and the subsequent leaching by fresh meteoric waters. The general trend of increasing chloride concentration with depth and the time frame for the flushing process provide useful information to develop conceptual models of the paleo-functionning of Armorican aquifers.


keyboard_arrow_right Titre : Time scales of regional circulation of saline fluids in continental aquifers (Armorican massif, Western France)
keyboard_arrow_right Type de documentation : Articles
keyboard_arrow_right Auteur(s) personne(s) : Le Carlier C., Vergnaud V., DAVY Philippe, Aquilina Luc, Armandine Les Landes Antoine
keyboard_arrow_right Date de publication : 20 juin 2014
keyboard_arrow_right Editeur(s) : Copernicus Publications
keyboard_arrow_right Tags thématiques : aquifère, géologie
keyboard_arrow_right Langue : Anglais
keyboard_arrow_right N° d'édition (ISBN,DOI...) : 10.5194/hessd-11-6599-2014
keyboard_arrow_right Collection : Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions

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