Aurora Geothermal Area

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Aurora Geothermal Area

Area Overview

From Nevada Bureau of Land Management Geothermal Exploration Activities webpage:[1]

"The Aurora prospect consists of 29,000 acres in an area of Quaternary basaltic volcanism. Seventeen temperature gradient wells indicate a large geothermal anomaly. A GeoVision technology survey identifying thermal anomalies was completed recently on the property. Gradient reported an estimated 132 MW resource at Aurora."

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Power Production Profile

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Exploration History

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Geology of the Area

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Volcanic Age: Quaternary [1]

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NEPA-Related Analyses (5)

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Document # Analysis
Applicant Application
DOI-BLM-NV-030-06-025-EA EA 8 August 2005 17 July 2006 BLM Geothermal/Exploration
DOI-BLM-NV-W010-2009-0018-CX CX Gradient Resources 19 February 2009 26 February 2009 Bureau of Land Management Geothermal/Exploration
NVN-088208 CU Vulcan Power Company 11 June 2009 12 June 2009 BLM Geothermal/Exploration Ground Gravity Survey
USDA-FS-EA-NV-030-06-025 2007 EA Vulcan Power Company
Western Geothermal Partners
17 April 2007 USFS Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Geothermal/Exploration
USDA-FS-EA-NV-030-06-025 2012 EA 16 February 2012 USFS Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Geothermal/Leasing

Exploration Activities (0)

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Nevada Bureau of Land Management. Current Geothermal Projects-Exploration Activity [Internet]. 2011. Reno, NV. Nevada Bureau of Land Management. [cited 2014/05/16]. Available from:

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