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Title: Water information bulletin No. 30 geothermal investigations in Idaho

There are 899 thermal water occurrences known in Idaho, including 258 springs and 641 wells having temperatures ranging from 20 to 93/sup 0/C. Fifty-one cities or towns in Idaho containing 30% of the state's population are within 5 km of known geothermal springs or wells. These include several of Idaho's major cities such as Lewiston, Caldwell, Nampa, Boise, Twin Falls, Pocatello, and Idaho Falls. Fourteen sites appear to have subsurface temperatures of 140/sup 0/C or higher according to the several chemical geothermometers applied to thermal water discharges. These include Weiser, Big Creek, White Licks, Vulcan, Roystone, Bonneville, Crane Creek, Cove Creek, Indian Creek, and Deer Creek hot springs, and Raft River, Preston, and Magic Reservoir areas. These sites could be industrial sites, but several are in remote areas away from major transportation and, therefore, would probably be best utilized for electrical power generation using the binary cycle or Magma Max process. Present uses range from space heating to power generation. Six areas are known where commercial greenhouse operations are conducted for growing cut and potted flowers and vegetables. Space heating is substantial in only two places (Boise and Ketchum) although numerous individuals scattered throughout the state make use of thermalmore » water for space heating and private swimming facilities. There are 22 operating resorts using thermal water and two commercial warm-water fish-rearing operations.« less
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6765174
Report Number(s):
DOE/ET/28407-T1
DOE Contract Number:
AS07-77ET28407
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Idaho Dept. of Water Resources, Boise (USA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
15 GEOTHERMAL ENERGY; IDAHO; GEOTHERMAL RESOURCES; GEOTHERMAL WELLS; THERMAL SPRINGS; GEOTHERMAL DISTRICT HEATING; GEOTHERMAL PROCESS HEAT; GEOTHERMOMETERS; USES; DISTRICT HEATING; ENERGY; GEOTHERMAL HEATING; HEAT; HEATING; MEASURING INSTRUMENTS; NORTH AMERICA; PACIFIC NORTHWEST REGION; PROCESS HEAT; RESOURCES; THERMOMETERS; USA; WATER SPRINGS; WELLS Geothermal Legacy 151000* -- Geothermal Energy-- Direct Energy Utilization