Special Issue "The Mineral Alteration Patterns under High- to Low-Temperature in Geothermal Fields"

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 May 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Diego Morata
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Guest Editor
Department of Geology and Andean Geothermal Center of Excellence (CEGA), Facultad Ciencias Físicas y Matemáticas, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile
Interests: petrology; geochemistry; geochronology; mineral chemistry; hydrothermal alteratiosn; very low-grade metamorphism; geothermal systems
Prof. Dr. Patricia Patrier-Mas
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Guest Editor
Institut de Chimie des Milieux et des Matériaux de Poitiers, Universite de Poitiers, UMR CNRS 7285, Poitiers, France
Interests: hydrothermal alteration; geothermal systems; clay minerals; heat–fluid–rock interactions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The mineral alteration patterns under high- to low-temperature conditions in active and fossil geothermal fields provide challenging topics that aim to understand heat–fluid–rock interaction processes. Geothermal systems allow us to understand and quantify heat–fluid–rock interactions in different geotectonic settings. Most, if not all, of these processes occur under thermodynamic conditions out of equilibrium, involving, among other geological processes, mineral dissolution, precipitation, recrystallisation and chemical transfer. Moreover, all these geological processes occur in a short time span—only several thousand years—with strong structural control, dominated by permeability differences between various affected geological units.

Under this scenario, mineral crystal chemistry in these high- to low-temperature systems is useful for constraining P-T-t-X conditions of these heat–fluid–rock processes. Remarkable advances have been made concerning diagenetic  conditions and reaction progress in clay minerals. However, results obtained for sedimentary basins cannot be directly applied to geothermal systems due to different dynamics. Therefore, contradictory results have been observed in detailed clay mineralogical studies carried out in active geothermal systems.

Contrastingly, the improvement of accuracy and resolution of advanced analytical techniques offered a new vision of how hot fluid interacts with rocks and how hydrothermal alteration mineralogy in high- to low-geothermal systems is formed.

Important and exciting advanced contributions of high- to low-temperature hydrothermal mineralogy in geothermal systems are expected by publishing this Special Issue with contributions from a broad field audience.

Prof. Dr. Diego Morata
Prof. Dr. Patricia Patrier-Mas
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Clay Minerals
  • Reaction progress
  • Mineral chemistry
  • Active geothermal systems
  • Geochronological dating
  • Fluid-flow-fractures

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

1. Title: Alteration in geothermal systems: a geophysical perspective

Authors: André Revil

Universite Grenoble Alpes, Saint Martin d'Heres, France

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