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Title: Mineral resources: Research objectives for continental scientific drilling

The importance of a scientific drilling program to study mineralized hydrothermal systems has been emphasized in numerous workshops and symposia. To some degree the present report, prepared by the Panel on Mineral Resources of the Continental Scientific Drilling Committee, both reinforces and expands upon earlier recommendations. The report of the Los Alamos workshop, Continental Scientific Drilling Program, placed a major emphasis on maximizing the industry and government, supplementing these efforts with holes drilled solely for scientific purposes. Although the present report notes the importance of opportunities for scientific investigations added on to current, mission-oriented drilling activities, the Panel on Mineral Resources recognized that such opportunities are limited and thus focused on holes dedicated to broad scientific objectives. In the present report, the panel has developed a program that will provide answers to many scientific questions that have existed for almost 100 years concerning mineralized hydrothermal systems. The committee notes that research drilling may lead to results in addition to those anticipated, results that will provide new directions and ideas of equal or greater value that those basic ones originally posed. 58 refs.
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
7164195
Report Number(s):
DOE/ER/12018-T19
ON: DE90010511; CNN: EAR-8014913; EAR-8212967; N00014-80-G-0062; N00014-81-G-0100
DOE Contract Number:
FG01-82ER12018; FG01-80ER10670
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Publisher:
Washington, DC (USA); National Academy Press
Research Org:
National Research Council, Washington, DC (USA). Continental Scientific Drilling Committee
Sponsoring Org:
DOD; DOE/ER; NSF; USGS
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
58 GEOSCIENCES; CONTINENTAL CRUST; DRILLING; MINERAL RESOURCES; EXPLORATION; BOREHOLES; FOSSIL FUELS; GEOLOGIC SURVEYS; GEOTHERMAL SYSTEMS; HYDROTHERMAL SYSTEMS; MATHEMATICAL MODELS; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; TIME DEPENDENCE; CAVITIES; EARTH CRUST; ENERGY SOURCES; ENERGY SYSTEMS; FUELS; RESOURCES; SURVEYS Geothermal Legacy 580000* -- Geosciences