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Using hydrogeologic data to evaluate geothermal potential in the eastern Great Basin

Geothermal Resources Council Transactions

Geothermal Resources Council 2012 Annual Meeting, September 30 - October 3, 2012, Reno, Nevada
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Abstract

In support of a larger study to evaluate geothermal resource development of high-permeability stratigraphic units in sedimentary basins, this paper integrates groundwater and thermal data to evaluate heat and fluid flow within the eastern Great Basin. Previously published information from a hydrogeologic framework, a potentiometric-surface map, and groundwater budgets was compared to a surficial heat-flow map. Comparisons between regional groundwater flow patterns and surficial heat flow indicate a strong spatial relation between regional groundwater movement and surficial heat distribution. Combining aquifer geometry and heat-flow maps, a selected group of subareas within the eastern Great Basin are identified that have high surficial heat flow and are underlain by a sequence of thick basin-fill deposits and permeable carbonate aquifers. These regions may have potential for future geothermal resources development.

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Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Using hydrogeologic data to evaluate geothermal potential in the eastern Great Basin
Series title:
Geothermal Resources Council Transactions
Volume
36
Year Published:
2012
Language:
English
Publisher:
Geothermal Resources Council
Publisher location:
Davis, CA
Contributing office(s):
Utah Water Science Center
Description:
6 p.
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Geothermal Resources Council Transactions
First page:
47
Last page:
52
Country:
United States
State:
Nevada;Utah
Other Geospatial:
Great Basin
Datum:
North American Datum 1983
Projection:
Albers Equal Area Conic Projection