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Water 2017, 9(1), 66; doi:10.3390/w9010066

Effect of Geogenic Factors on Water Quality and Its Relation to Human Health around Mount Ida, Turkey

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Department of Civil Engineering, İzmir Institute of Technology, Izmir 35430, Turkey
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Department of Environmental Engineering, Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir 35160, Turkey
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Academic Editor: Mustafa M. Aral
Received: 26 September 2016 / Revised: 16 January 2017 / Accepted: 18 January 2017 / Published: 21 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Water Quality and Health)
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Abstract

Water–rock interactions strongly influence water quality. Waters originating from highly altered zones affect human health. Mount Ida region in western Anatolia is an example for such geogenic interactions and additional anthropogenic impacts. A water quality monitoring study was held and a total of 189 samples were collected from 63 monitoring stations to characterize the quality of water resources and its relation with human health. The results indicated that waters originating from altered volcanic rocks that are mainly used for drinking purposes have low pH, high conductivity and elevated trace element levels. In addition, a number of acidic mining lakes were formed in the open pits of abandoned mine sites in the study area and pyrite oxidation in altered volcanic rocks resulted in extremely acidic, high mineral content and toxic waters that demonstrate an eminent threat for the environmental health in the area. Overall, the water quality constituents in Mount Ida region had a spatially variable pattern and were locally found to exceed the national and international standards, mainly due to geogenic alteration zones and anthropogenic intervention. View Full-Text
Keywords: water quality; geogenic factors; alteration zone; Mount Ida water quality; geogenic factors; alteration zone; Mount Ida
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Baba, A.; Gündüz, O. Effect of Geogenic Factors on Water Quality and Its Relation to Human Health around Mount Ida, Turkey. Water 2017, 9, 66.

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