Cuttings Analysis At Coso Geothermal Area (1980)
Exploration Activity: Cuttings Analysis At Coso Geothermal Area (1980)
|Exploration Activity Details|
|Location||Coso Geothermal Area|
|Exploration Technique||Cuttings Analysis|
Determine the heat transfer mechanism
In an investigation of the thermal regime of this Basin and Range geothermal area, temperature measurements were made in 25 shallow and 1 intermediate depth borehole. Thermal conductivity measurements were made on 312 samples from cores and drill cuttings. The actual process by which heat is transferred is rather complex; however, the heat flow determinations can be divided into two groups. The first group, less than 4.0 HFU, are indicative of regions with primarily conductive regimes, although deep-seated mass transfer is implied. The second group, greater than 4.0 HFU, are characteristics of regions with considerable convective heat transfer in the shallow subsurface.
- Combs, J. (10 May 1980) Heat flow in the Coso geothermal area, Inyo County, California