A New Zealand Test Of The Track-Etch Method Of Prospecting For Geothermal Steam

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Journal Article: A New Zealand Test Of The Track-Etch Method Of Prospecting For Geothermal Steam

Abstract
The Track Etch® system for radon detection was evaluated as a geothermal exploration technique in a known geothermal resource area in New Zealand called the Craters of the Moon (previously known as "Karapiti"). Very strong radon anomalies spaced along mapped fault traces were detected using 60-m sample spacings. Such radon anomalies may indicate good areas to drill for steam. The anomalies detected in these tests were located inside a larger area known to have above-back-ground concentrations of radon and thought to be a generally favourable area for finding shallow steam. Track Etch® radon cups with an improved type of detector were found to be usable in ground temperatures as high as 60°C. There was no direct correlation of radon concentrations with resistivity measurements, but a moderate correlation with near-surface temperature measurements. Varying vegetation cover had no significant effect on the results but there was an apparent correlation with superficial pumice deposits. It is concluded from the tests that the Track Etch method shows promise in vapour-dominated areas for improving drill-hole siting and thus reducing the economic loss of drilling non-productive holes.

Authors 
N. E. Whitehead, J. E. Gingrich and J. C. Fisher








Published Journal 
Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 1983





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Citation

N. E. Whitehead,J. E. Gingrich,J. C. Fisher. 1983. A New Zealand Test Of The Track-Etch Method Of Prospecting For Geothermal Steam. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. (!) .