Conceptual Model At Coso Geothermal Area (2005)

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Exploration Activity: Conceptual Model At Coso Geothermal Area (2005)

Exploration Activity Details
Location Coso Geothermal Area
Exploration Technique Conceptual Model
Activity Date 2005

Usefulness not indicated
DOE-funding Unknown

Exploration Basis
Develop a conceptual model of the Coso area
Investigation of the Coso Range using seismicity, gravity, and geochemistry of rocks and fluids, supports the interpretation that the structure hosting the geothermal resource is a nascent metamorphic core complex. The structural setting is a releasing bend in a dextral strike-slip system that extends from the Indian Wells Valley northward into the Owens Valley. This tectonic setting results in NW-directed transtension, which is accommodated by normal and strike-slip faulting of the brittle upper 4–6 km of the crust, and shearing and ductile stretching below this depth, accompanied by shallow igneous intrusions.


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