Geothermometry in High-Temperature Reservoirs of the Geothermal Springs in Southern Thailand: Insights from Cations and Silica Geothermometers

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Wipada Ngansom
Dumrongsak Rodphothong
Helmut Duerrast

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Geothermal springs have provided a unique opportunity to study the geothermal system of geological processes. A reservoir temperature estimation based on the chemical geothermometers is vitally essential for assessing the exploration and development of geothermal resources. The paper represents the various techniques of geothermometers with comparisons between the silica (quartz and chalcedony) and the cation geothermometers (Na–K–Ca and K–Mg) for the high exit temperature (temp. ≥55°C) of geothermal springs in southern Thailand. The Na–K–Ca geothermometer presented more elevated reservoir temperatures than the K–Mg, silica and chalcedony geothermometers, about 20–30◦C. The preliminary assumed difference between the geothermometers may indicate that the shallow subsurface conditions are mixed with groundwater

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