Stypteria phorime as alunogen in solution: possible pointer to the gradual cooling of the Melos geothermal system

Photos-Jones, E. and Hall, A. (2010) Stypteria phorime as alunogen in solution: possible pointer to the gradual cooling of the Melos geothermal system. Hellenic Journal of Geosciences, 45, pp. 117-226.

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Abstract

We report here the nature of alum from Melos described in classical and later sources, and reconfirm that it was predominantly the mineral alunogen, Al2(SO4)3.17(H2O). Given that some sources report in addition to solid alum the presence of ‘liquid’ alum, as the most abundant form of alum, (stypteria phorime), and that this is presently scarce, we suggest that its scarcity may be corroborating evidence for cooling of theMelos geothermal field.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:alum, geothermal system, Melos
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Photos-Jones, Dr Effie and Hall, Dr Allan
Authors: Photos-Jones, E., and Hall, A.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > DF Greece
Q Science > QE Geology
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Journal Name:Hellenic Journal of Geosciences
Publisher:University of Athens
ISSN:1105-0004
ISSN (Online):1105-0004
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