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Comparison of early exploration at Platanares (Honduras) and Wairakei (New Zealand)

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Abstract

Early exploration at Wairakei, New Zealand, is compared with the present state of exploration of Platanares, Honduras. In retrospect, geothermometer temperatures favor Platanares (e.g., 220 vs. 190??C for Na-K-Ca), but two 600-m drill holes encountered lower temperatures (160??C). Wairakei, explored before the advent of chemical geothermometry, also had disappointing early drilling results (but better than Platanares; one of the first six holes hit T > 180??C). The Wairakei drilling program was nevertheless continued at full speed and by well 20 a successful drilling strategy was discovered.

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Publication type:
Conference Paper
Publication Subtype:
Conference Paper
Title:
Comparison of early exploration at Platanares (Honduras) and Wairakei (New Zealand)
Volume
13
Year Published:
1989
Language:
English
Publisher:
Publ by Geothermal Resources Council
Publisher location:
Davis, CA, United States
First page:
207
Last page:
212
Number of Pages:
6
Conference Title:
Geysers - Three Decades of Achievement: A Window on the Future
Conference Location:
Santa Rosa, CA, USA
Conference Date:
1 October 1989 through 4 October 1989