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Title: Evaluation of the hydrothermal resources of the Desert Hot Springs Region, California

Abstract

The Desert Hot Springs hydrothermal resource demonstrates its limited capacity to sustain additional utilization and development. The evaluation included, the delineation of the areal extent, determination of the hydraulic characteristics, calculation of a safe yield, and identification of the source of heat. The areal extent based on well water temperatures and the area enclosed by 90/sup 0/F (32/sup 0/C) isotherm, is about 5.5 square miles. Thirteen aquifer tests were conducted which indicated the average transmissivity to be 29,000 gallons per day per foot and the storativity to be 1.15 x 10/sup -4/, representing an artesian system. Meteorologic and hydrologic data are used to estimate the components of the hydrologic budget for the calculation of the safe yield. The safe yield is 3,400 acre feet and the safest safe yield is 2,100 acre feet. The data generated by the field investigation is employed in a multivariate regression analysis to identify the source of heat. The analysis indicated the hydrothermal waters come to surface in the Blind Canyon fault zone before entering the Desert Hot Springs area.

Publication Date:
Research Org.:
California Energy Commission, Sacramento (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
5962605
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 5962605
Report Number(s):
NP-23970
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
15 GEOTHERMAL ENERGY; CALIFORNIA; HYDROTHERMAL SYSTEMS; HYDRAULICS; RESOURCE ASSESSMENT; AQUIFERS; EVALUATION; EXPLORATORY WELLS; FLUID FLOW; GEOLOGY; GROUND WATER; HEAT SOURCES; HOT SPRINGS; HYDROLOGY; ISOTHERM; KGRA; METEOROLOGY; TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT; YIELDS; FLUID MECHANICS; GEOTHERMAL SYSTEMS; HYDROGEN COMPOUNDS; MECHANICS; NORTH AMERICA; OXYGEN COMPOUNDS; THERMAL SPRINGS; USA; WATER; WELLS; WESTERN REGION Geothermal Legacy 150201* -- Geology & Hydrology of Geothermal Systems-- USA-- (-1989); 150904 -- Geothermal Engineering-- Geothermal Reservoir & Well Performance

Citation Formats

Not Available. Evaluation of the hydrothermal resources of the Desert Hot Springs Region, California. United States: N. p., 1979. Web. doi:10.2172/5962605.
Not Available. Evaluation of the hydrothermal resources of the Desert Hot Springs Region, California. United States. doi:10.2172/5962605.
Not Available. Thu . "Evaluation of the hydrothermal resources of the Desert Hot Springs Region, California". United States. doi:10.2172/5962605. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/5962605.
@article{osti_5962605,
title = {Evaluation of the hydrothermal resources of the Desert Hot Springs Region, California},
author = {Not Available},
abstractNote = {The Desert Hot Springs hydrothermal resource demonstrates its limited capacity to sustain additional utilization and development. The evaluation included, the delineation of the areal extent, determination of the hydraulic characteristics, calculation of a safe yield, and identification of the source of heat. The areal extent based on well water temperatures and the area enclosed by 90/sup 0/F (32/sup 0/C) isotherm, is about 5.5 square miles. Thirteen aquifer tests were conducted which indicated the average transmissivity to be 29,000 gallons per day per foot and the storativity to be 1.15 x 10/sup -4/, representing an artesian system. Meteorologic and hydrologic data are used to estimate the components of the hydrologic budget for the calculation of the safe yield. The safe yield is 3,400 acre feet and the safest safe yield is 2,100 acre feet. The data generated by the field investigation is employed in a multivariate regression analysis to identify the source of heat. The analysis indicated the hydrothermal waters come to surface in the Blind Canyon fault zone before entering the Desert Hot Springs area.},
doi = {10.2172/5962605},
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number = ,
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place = {United States},
year = {1979},
month = {2}
}