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Geology and geothermal potential of Alid volcanic center, Eritrea, Africa

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Abstract

Alid volcanic center, a 700-meter-tall mountain in Eritrea, northeast Africa, straddles the axis of an active crustal-spreading center called the Danakil Depression. Boiling-temperature fumaroles are common on Alid, and their gas compositions indicate a reservoir temperature of at least 250 ??C. The history of volcanism and the high reservoir temperature indicated by the Alid fumarole gases suggest that a geothermal resource of electrical grade lies beneath the mountain. Though drilling is needed to determine subsurface conditions, the process of dome formation and the ongoing crustal spreading can create and maintain fracture permeability in the hydrothermal system that feeds the Alid fumaroles.

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Publication type:
Conference Paper
Publication Subtype:
Conference Paper
Title:
Geology and geothermal potential of Alid volcanic center, Eritrea, Africa
Volume
20
Year Published:
1996
Language:
English
Publisher:
Geothermal Resources Council
Publisher location:
Davis, CA, United States
Larger Work Title:
Transactions - Geothermal Resources Council
First page:
279
Last page:
286
Conference Title:
Proceedings of the 1996 Annual Meeting of the Geothermal Resources Council
Conference Location:
Portland, OR, USA
Conference Date:
29 September 1996 through 2 October 1996