Introduction to Ground Water Geochemistry

Brian Hitchon, E. H. Perkins and W. D. Gunter
310 pp. /83 line diagrams /65 tables

ISBN 0-9680844-1-9

This introductory textbook combines a new approach to ground water geochemistry by making use of a new computer program SOLMINEQ.GW (available separately). The text is clear, concise, and comprehensive at an introductory level. The program SOLMINEQ.GW uses a Windows approach with easy-to-use pull‑down menus. Both the text and the computer program are simplified for geologists with minimal formal training in geochemistry.

SOLMINEQ.GW allows entry of water analyses in a variety of units, comparison of the analyses with user-selected standards, production of Piper plots, the calculation of saturation indices for 25 common minerals, plotting of SI values for the mixing of two waters, and printing out of the results.

After obtaining information on ground water geochemistry from the written text, you can use the program to study more than 100 examples of ground water composition in the book. SOLMINEQ.GW is a useful tool to help solve your geochemical problems.

I certainly recommend this simplified, but well written and concise book together with the software package not only to the ground water geologists, but also to hydrologists and engineers who are interested in understanding water-rock interactions in ground water and other natural and polluted systems.”

Yousif K. Kharaka (US Geological Survey), Applied Geochemistry

The book will interest the practicing geochemist because of its compilation of useful geochemical information on major and minor chemical elements found in groundwaters, and because of the large number of complete groundwater analyses provided to illustrate both typical and extreme compositional limits for each of the 29 elements discussed. Furthermore, the book supplies some context on the origin and geochemical processes responsible for each groundwater composition. As a practicing groundwater geochemist, I will be able to refer to and use this information in my research as well as in the courses that I teach.”

Glynn (US Geological Survey), Hydrogeology Journal

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