High-potential geothermal energy resource areas of Nigeria and their geologic and geophysical assessment
The widespread occurrence of geothermal manifestations in Nigeria is significant because the wide applicability and relative ease of exploitation of geothermal energy is of vital importance to an industrializing nation like Nigeria. There are two known geothermal resource areas (KGRAs) in Nigeria: the Ikogosi Warm Springs of Ondo State and the Wikki Warm Springs of Bauchi State. These surficial effusions result from the circulation of water to great depths through faults in the basement complex rocks of the area. Within sedimentary areas, high geothermal gradient trends are identified in the Lagos subbasin, the Okitipupa ridge, the Auchi-Agbede are of the Benin flank/hinge line, and the Abakaliki anticlinorium. The deeper Cretaceous and Tertiary sequences of the Niger delta are geopressured geothermal horizons. In the Benue foldbelt, extending from the Abalaliki anticlinorium to the Keana anticline and the Zambuk ridge, several magmatic intrusions emplaced during the Late Cretaceous line the axis of the Benue trough. Positive Bouguer gravity anomalies also parallel this trough and are interpreted to indicate shallow mantle. Parts of this belt and the Ikom, the Jos plateau, Bauchi plateau, and the Adamawa areas, experienced Cenozoic volcanism and magmatism.
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- Journal Name: Am. Assoc. Pet. Geol., Bull.; (United States); Journal Volume: 68:4; Conference: AAPG annual convention, San Antonio, TX, USA, 20 May 1984
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- Univ. of Texas, Austin
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- 15 GEOTHERMAL ENERGY; GEOTHERMAL RESOURCES; GEOLOGY; RESOURCE ASSESSMENT; NIGERIA; CRETACEOUS PERIOD; TERTIARY PERIOD; VOLCANISM; AFRICA; CENOZOIC ERA; DEVELOPING COUNTRIES; GEOLOGIC AGES; MESOZOIC ERA; RESOURCES 150102* -- Geothermal Energy-- Resources & Availability-- Non-USA-- (-1989)
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