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Title: Hueco tanks: an initial evaluation of a potential geothermal area near El Paso, Texas

Abstract

A potential geothermal resource about 40km northeast of El Paso, Texas is under investigation. The presence of old hot wells indicated the area of interest, and a geochemical survey outlined the possible geothermal anomaly. A shallow drilling program has revealed gradients consistently over 100/sup 0/C/km and as high as 300/sup 0/C/km on the Texas side of the state line, and a 300m hole yielded a heat flow of 8.3 H.F.U. in the limestone bedrock. Electrical soundings have shown the presence of a shallow conductive layer (probably hot and/or mineralized water) and a recently completed gravity survey delineates the faulting pattern apparently responsbile for the uprise of thermal waters. Indications are presently not for an electricity-grade resource, but of a hot water reservoir, with temperatures maybe reaching 120 to 140/sup 0/C.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Univ. of Texas, El Paso
OSTI Identifier:
6375285
Report Number(s):
CONF-800920-
Journal ID: CODEN: TGRCD
Resource Type:
Conference
Journal Name:
Trans. - Geotherm. Resour. Counc.; (United States)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 4; Conference: Geothermal Resource Council annual meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, 9 Sep 1980
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
15 GEOTHERMAL ENERGY; TEXAS; GEOCHEMICAL SURVEYS; GRAVITY SURVEYS; HOT-WATER SYSTEMS; ELECTRICAL SURVEYS; GEOLOGY; GEOTHERMAL WELLS; WELL DRILLING; DRILLING; ENERGY SYSTEMS; GEOPHYSICAL SURVEYS; GEOTHERMAL SYSTEMS; HYDROTHERMAL SYSTEMS; NORTH AMERICA; SOUTHWEST REGION; SURVEYS; USA; WELLS; 150300* - Geothermal Exploration & Exploration Technology

Citation Formats

Taylor, B, Roy, R F, and Hoffer, J M. Hueco tanks: an initial evaluation of a potential geothermal area near El Paso, Texas. United States: N. p., 1980. Web.
Taylor, B, Roy, R F, & Hoffer, J M. Hueco tanks: an initial evaluation of a potential geothermal area near El Paso, Texas. United States.
Taylor, B, Roy, R F, and Hoffer, J M. Mon . "Hueco tanks: an initial evaluation of a potential geothermal area near El Paso, Texas". United States.
@article{osti_6375285,
title = {Hueco tanks: an initial evaluation of a potential geothermal area near El Paso, Texas},
author = {Taylor, B and Roy, R F and Hoffer, J M},
abstractNote = {A potential geothermal resource about 40km northeast of El Paso, Texas is under investigation. The presence of old hot wells indicated the area of interest, and a geochemical survey outlined the possible geothermal anomaly. A shallow drilling program has revealed gradients consistently over 100/sup 0/C/km and as high as 300/sup 0/C/km on the Texas side of the state line, and a 300m hole yielded a heat flow of 8.3 H.F.U. in the limestone bedrock. Electrical soundings have shown the presence of a shallow conductive layer (probably hot and/or mineralized water) and a recently completed gravity survey delineates the faulting pattern apparently responsbile for the uprise of thermal waters. Indications are presently not for an electricity-grade resource, but of a hot water reservoir, with temperatures maybe reaching 120 to 140/sup 0/C.},
doi = {},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/6375285}, journal = {Trans. - Geotherm. Resour. Counc.; (United States)},
number = ,
volume = 4,
place = {United States},
year = {1980},
month = {9}
}

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