Journal article

Controls on Sr-87/Sr-86 ratios of groundwater in silicate-dominated aquifers: SE Murray Basin, Australia

Ian Cartwright, Tamie Weaver, Ben Petrides

CHEMICAL GEOLOGY | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2007

Abstract

87Sr/86Sr ratios of groundwater in the southeast Riverine Province of the Murray Basin, Australia are between 0.7107 and 0.7191. The 87Sr/86Sr ratios vary between different subcatchments and generally decline with distance northwards from the basin margins. There are few carbonates in this region, and Sr is primarily derived from silicate minerals. The spatial variation in 87Sr/86Sr ratios reflects the distribution of K-rich minerals, such as biotite and K-feldspar in the aquifers. However, major ion chemistry implies that silicate weathering is only a minor process. Sr isotope ratios are most probably controlled by exchange on clays derived from weathering of the silicate minerals. Ion exch..

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