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Blake, S., Henry, T., Muller, M.R., Jones, A.G., Moore, J.P., Murray, J., Campanya, J., Vozar, J., Walsh, J., Rath, V.
International Conference on Groundwater in Fractured Rocks
Conference paper
Chaves, Portugal
Oral Presentation
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A hydrogeological conceptual model of the source, circulation pathways and temporal variation of a low-enthalpy thermal spring in a fractured limestone setting is derived from a multi-disciplinary approach. St. Gormanís Well is a thermal spring in east-central Ireland with a complex and variable temperature profile (maximum of 21.8 įC). Geophysical data from a three-dimensional (3-D) audio-magnetotelluric (AMT) survey are combined with time-lapse hydrogeological data, and a previous hydrochemical analysis (Blake et al. 2016) to investigate the operation of this intriguing hydrothermal system. Hydrochemical analysis and time-lapse measurements suggest that the thermal waters are temporally variable in temperature and discharge, but flow within the fractured limestones of the Carboniferous Dublin Basin at all times. The 3-D electrical resistivity model of the subsurface revealed two prominent structures: 1) a NW-aligned faulted contact between two limestone lithologies; and 2) a dissolutionally-enhanced, N-aligned, fault of probable Cenozoic age. The intersection of these two structures, which has allowed for karstification of the limestone bedrock, has created conduits facilitating the operation of a relatively deep hydrothermal circulation pattern (likely estimated depths between 240 and 1,000 m) within the limestone succession of the Dublin Basin. The results of this study support a hypothesis that the thermal maximum and simultaneous increased discharge observed at St. Gormanís Well each winter is the result of rapid infiltration, heating and re-circulation of meteoric waters within a structurally controlled hydrothermal circulation system.
Publication Themes
Environment, Marine and Energy