Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2019

Presentation information

[E] Oral

A (Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences ) » A-GE Geological & Soil Environment

[A-GE28] Subsurface Mass Transport, Material Cycle, and Environmental Assessment

Thu. May 30, 2019 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM 301A (3F)

convener:Yuki Kojima(Department of Civil Engineering, Gifu University), Shoichiro Hamamoto(Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, The University of Tokyo), Hirotaka Saito(Department of Ecoregion Science, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology), Yasushi Mori(Graduate School of Environmental and Life Science, Okayama University), Chairperson:Yuki Kojima(Gifu University), Shoichiro Hamamoto(The University of Tokyo), Yasushi Mori(Okayama University), Hirotaka Saito(Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology)

9:00 AM - 9:25 AM

[AGE28-01] Humic substances in deep sedimentary groundwater

★Invited Papers

*Takumi Saito1 (1.School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo)

Keywords:Humic substance, Groundwater

Humic substances (HSs) are ubiquitous in various environments and play important roles for the fate of nutrients and pollutants. Deep underground environment is not an exception, although the properties of HSs there are largely unknown due to their limited availability. Recently, we reported the physicochemical and ion-binding properties of HSs extracted from sedimentary groundwater at -250 m below ground surface of the Horonobe underground research center operated by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency. The Horonobe HSs (HHSs) consist of relatively small organic molecules rich in aliphatic carbon and reduced sulfur. The densities of acidic functional groups such as carboxylic groups are relatively high for HHSs, and they are chemically homogenous. Nevertheless, the binding of Cu2+ to HHSs are smaller than that to surface HSs, suggesting the presence of different coordination environments for Cu2+ in HHSs. Cadmium, a thiophilic metal, tends to form CdS(s) nano-particles with HHSs likely due to the high concentrations of reduced sulfur. In this talk, the particularity of the HHSs will be discussed, comparing their properties with those of their counterparts in surface environments.