Hot water in the Long Valley Caldera—The benefits and hazards of this large natural resource

Fact Sheet 2018-3009
Prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service
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Abstract

The volcanic processes that have shaped the Long Valley Caldera in eastern California have also created an abundant supply of natural hot water. This natural resource provides benefits to many users, including power generation at the Casa Diablo Geothermal Plant, warm water for a state fish hatchery, and beautiful scenic areas such as Hot Creek gorge for visitors. However, some features can be dangerous because of sudden and unpredictable changes in the location and flow rate of boiling water. The U.S. Geological Survey monitors several aspects of the hydrothermal system in the Long Valley Caldera including temperature, flow rate, and water chemistry.

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Evans, W.C., Hurwitz, S., Bergfeld, D., and Howle, J.F., 2018, Hot water in the Long Valley Caldera—The benefits and hazards of this large natural resource: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018–3009, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20183009.

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Hot water in the Long Valley Caldera—The benefits and hazards of this large natural resource
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2018-3009
DOI 10.3133/fs20183009
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Volcano Science Center
Description 4 p.
Country United States
State California
Other Geospatial Long Valley Caldera