Assessment of an Increase in Boron and Arsenic Concentrations at the Discharge Area of Na-Borate Mine (Kirka-Eskisehir, Turkey)

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Yuce G., Yasin D.

TERRESTRIAL ATMOSPHERIC AND OCEANIC SCIENCES, vol.23, no.6, pp.703-723, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 23 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.3319/tao.2012.05.10.01(hy)
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.703-723
  • Keywords: Kirka, Borax, Boron, Arsenic, Contamination, Groundwater, ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY, THERMAL WATERS, DEPOSITS
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: Yes


The Province of Kirka (Eskisehir, Turkey), located in the catchment of the Seydisuyu Plain, has one of the largest Na-borate deposits in the world. However, boron concentrations in surface and ground waters downstream of Kirka Province, the Seyitgazi Plain, have increased over the past twenty years. Seyitgazi plain has been widely irrigated from groundwater and Seydisuyu River. In this respect, quality of the river water directly affects groundwater quality in the Seyitgazi Plain since river water is the main supplier for irrigation water in the Seyitgazi plain in addition to groundwater which is extracted from the wells drilled in the Seyitgazi Plain. Thus, any mining activity built in the catchment area of groundwater poses potential risk for the quality of groundwater in the discharge area.