Environmental isotopes and noble gases in groundwater samples from the Kazan Trona Ore Field are studied to establish the temperature change between the Holocene and the late Pleistocene. Noble gas temperatures (NGTs) presented in this study add an important facet to the global paleotemperature map in the region between Europe and North Africa. The groundwater system under investigation consists of three different aquifers named shallow, middle and deep in which delta O-18 and delta H-2 vary from -8.10 parts per thousand to -12.80 parts per thousand and from -60.89 parts per thousand to -92.60 parts per thousand. VSMOW, respectively. The average isotopic depletion between unconfined and confined parts of the system is -2.5 parts per thousand in delta O-18 and -20 parts per thousand in delta H-2. It is not possible to explain this depletion solely with the elevation effect. Recharge temperatures derived from dissolved atmospheric noble gases reflect the current average yearly ground temperatures (13 degrees C) for samples collected near the recharge area but are 3 to 8 degrees C lower than today's temperatures in the deep aquifer system. Low C-14 activities and high He excesses in the confined parts of the aquifer system suggest that the water in the deep aquifer was recharged during the last Pleistocene under considerably cooler climatic conditions. (c) 2012 University of Washington. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.