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Geothermal ResourcesCouncil Transactions, Vol. 27, October 12-15, 2003 Evidence for a Magmatic Source of Heat for the Steamboat Springs
 

Summary: Geothermal ResourcesCouncil Transactions, Vol. 27, October 12-15, 2003
Evidence for a Magmatic Source of Heat for the Steamboat Springs
Geothermal System UsingTrace Elements and Gas Geochemistry
Greg B. Arehart, Mark F. Coolbaugh and Simon R. Poulson
Great Basin Center for ~eothermalEnergy, ~nivers~tyof Nevada, Reno, NV. USA 89557
Keywords
~ e o t ~ ~ r m a~ t e a m ~ o ~ tSprings, ~ ~ g m a ~ i c ,g e o c ~ e ~ i s ~ r ~
trace element
ABSTRACT'
Theobjectiveof thisprojectisthedevelopmentof arepresenta-
tivegeochemicaldatabaseforacomprehensivesuiteof elemental
andisotopicparameters(i.e.,beyond thetypicaldatasuite)forgeo-
thermalfluidsintheGreatBasin. Preliminaryassessmentsuggests
that therearesignificantdifferencesbetween magmatic-driven and
extensionalgeothermalsystems. In particular,fluids in magmatic
systemshavehigherconcentrationsof arsenicandhigherratiosof
Li/Cl,B/Cl,andCe/Clthan fluidsfromextensionalsystems. Once
understood in thecontextof GreatBasingeothermalsystems,such
differencescan be utilized to more effectivelyexplorefor, assess
the potential of, and developexploitationstrategiesfor these two

  

Source: Arehart, Greg B. - Department of Geological Sciences, Mackay School of Mines, University of Nevada, Reno

 

Collections: Geosciences