Application Of Subsurface Temperature Measurements In Geothermal Prospecting In Iceland

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Journal Article: Application Of Subsurface Temperature Measurements In Geothermal Prospecting In Iceland

Abstract
In geothermal areas in Iceland aquifers are in most cases found to occur in highly permeable near-vertical fractures in the low permeability basaltic crust. Therefore heat transfer in the rocks surrounding the aquifers is mainly conductive. Temperature profiles in shallow non-flowing boreholes are used to construct a two dimensional model of the temperature distribution in the vicinity of near vertical aquifers. This is done by finite element solution of the equation of heat transfer which requires knowledge of the regional temperature gradient outside the area of geothermal activity and some constraints on the temperature within the aquifers. The model is helpful in estimating dip and location of near-vertical water bearing fractures and thus in siting production wells. An example of successful use to the method and of soil temperature measurements from a geothermal field in North-Iceland is demonstrated.

Author 
olafur G. Flovenz








Published Journal 
Journal of Geodynamics, 1985





DOI 
10.1016/0264-3707(85)90068-7


 

Citation

olafur G. Flovenz. 1985. Application Of Subsurface Temperature Measurements In Geothermal Prospecting In Iceland. Journal of Geodynamics. (!) .