Brines: Mechanisms of concentration and possible origins
Meenaghan, Susan Lee
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If the duality of the solvent and solute portions of brines is recognized, it may be possible to develop a model with which to define the origin of brine. Mineral equilibrium, evaporative concentration, and ion filtration are the principal processes which modify brine composition. The evaluation of these processes within a careful hydrogeological study of the brine reservoir in combination with the use of appropriate diagnostic techniques may suggest a specific origin for a brine.