The stable isotope composition of mineral waters in the Jordan Rift Valley, Israel

Joel R. Gat, E. Mazor, Y. Tzur

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Abstract

The stable isotopic composition (18O and 2H) of the mineral water sources in the Jordan Rift Valley suggests that these sources evolved through a two stage mixing process. It is postulated that sometime in the past waters of a slightly evaporated seawater lake had mixed with the prevailing groundwaters, to form different fossil brine pockets along the Rift Valley's floor. These brines mix nowadays with present-day local groundwaters and in some cases also with lake waters from adjacent Lake Tiberias or the Dead Sea. There is no evidence of marked changes in the isotopic content of the water concerned by exchange with rocks or by other fractionating processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-352
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Hydrology
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1969
Externally publishedYes

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