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Title: Active and passive seismic studies of geothermal resources in New Mexico and investigations of earthquake hazards to geothermal development

Abstract

Seismic data were collected in southwestern New Mexico to investigate the sources of the geothermal anomalies and to investigate the potential earthquake hazards of geothermal development. No major crustal structure anomalies have been located related to known geothermal resources, and no areas of continual seismicity have been identified, which is interpreted to indicate a lack of active, or recently active crustal intrusions in southwestern New Mexico. Without a magnetic heat source, the geothermal potential of the known anomalies is probably limited to intermediate and low temperature applications (<180/sup 0/C). The lack of continual seismicity indicates low seismic hazard in the area directly related to geothermal development, although the historic and geologically recent tectonic activity should be taken into consideration during any development in the area. A model of forced groundwater convection is presented to explain the geothermal anomalies in southwestern New Mexico, which is consistent with all available geological and geophysical data from the area.

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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6665352
Report Number(s):
NP-25260; EMD-77-2203
Resource Type:
Book
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
15 GEOTHERMAL ENERGY; NEW MEXICO; SEISMIC SURVEYS; DATA ACQUISITION; FLOW MODELS; FORCED CONVECTION; GEOLOGIC MODELS; GEOTHERMAL SYSTEMS; GROUND WATER; KGRA; MICROEARTHQUAKES; RIO GRANDE RIFT; SEISMIC WAVES; VELOCITY; CONVECTION; EARTHQUAKES; GEOPHYSICAL SURVEYS; HYDROGEN COMPOUNDS; MATHEMATICAL MODELS; NORTH AMERICA; OXYGEN COMPOUNDS; SEISMIC EVENTS; SOUTHWEST REGION; SURVEYS; USA; WATER; Geothermal Legacy; 150201* - Geology & Hydrology of Geothermal Systems- USA- (-1989); 150301 - Geothermal Exploration & Exploration Technology- Geophysical Techniques & Surveys

Citation Formats

Morgan, P, and Daggett, P H. Active and passive seismic studies of geothermal resources in New Mexico and investigations of earthquake hazards to geothermal development. United States: N. p., 1980. Web.
Morgan, P, & Daggett, P H. Active and passive seismic studies of geothermal resources in New Mexico and investigations of earthquake hazards to geothermal development. United States.
Morgan, P, and Daggett, P H. Tue . "Active and passive seismic studies of geothermal resources in New Mexico and investigations of earthquake hazards to geothermal development". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/6665352.
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title = {Active and passive seismic studies of geothermal resources in New Mexico and investigations of earthquake hazards to geothermal development},
author = {Morgan, P and Daggett, P H},
abstractNote = {Seismic data were collected in southwestern New Mexico to investigate the sources of the geothermal anomalies and to investigate the potential earthquake hazards of geothermal development. No major crustal structure anomalies have been located related to known geothermal resources, and no areas of continual seismicity have been identified, which is interpreted to indicate a lack of active, or recently active crustal intrusions in southwestern New Mexico. Without a magnetic heat source, the geothermal potential of the known anomalies is probably limited to intermediate and low temperature applications (<180/sup 0/C). The lack of continual seismicity indicates low seismic hazard in the area directly related to geothermal development, although the historic and geologically recent tectonic activity should be taken into consideration during any development in the area. A model of forced groundwater convection is presented to explain the geothermal anomalies in southwestern New Mexico, which is consistent with all available geological and geophysical data from the area.},
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url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/6665352}, journal = {},
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place = {United States},
year = {1980},
month = {1}
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