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

Geothermal Resources Council Transactions
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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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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
ISBN 0934412979
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.
First page 47
Last page 52
Conference Title Geothermal Resources Council 2012 Annual Meeting
Conference Location Reno, NV
Conference Date September 30 - October 3, 2012
Country United States
State Nevada, Utah
Other Geospatial Great Basin
Datum North American Datum 1983
Projection Albers Equal Area Conic Projection
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