Curie Point Depth From Spectral Analysis Of Aeromagnetic Data From Cerro Prieto Geothermal Area, Baja California, Mexico

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Journal Article: Curie Point Depth From Spectral Analysis Of Aeromagnetic Data From Cerro Prieto Geothermal Area, Baja California, Mexico

Abstract
Using aeromagnetic data acquired in the area from the Cerro Prieto geothermal field, we estimated the depth to the Curie point isotherm, interpreted as the base of the magnetic sources, following statistical spectral-based techniques. According to our results the Curie point isotherm is located at a depths ranging from 14 to 17 km. Our result is somewhat deeper than that obtained previously based only in 2-D and 3-D forward modeling of previous low-quality data. However, our results are supported by independent information comprising geothermal gradients, seismicity distribution in the crust, and gravity determined crustal thickness. Our results imply a high thermal gradient (ranging between 33 and 38°C/km) and high heat flow (of about 100 mW/m2) for the study area. The thermal regime for the area is inferred to be similar to that from the Salton trough.

Authors 
J. M. Espinosa-Cardena and J. O. Campos-Enriquez








Published Journal 
Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 2008





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Citation

J. M. Espinosa-Cardena,J. O. Campos-Enriquez. 2008. Curie Point Depth From Spectral Analysis Of Aeromagnetic Data From Cerro Prieto Geothermal Area, Baja California, Mexico. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. (!) .