Evaluation of Geothermal Potential of Rio Grande Rift and Basin and Range Province, New Mexico

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Report: Evaluation of Geothermal Potential of Rio Grande Rift and Basin and Range Province, New Mexico

Abstract

A study was made of the geological, geochemical and geophysical characteristics of potential geothermal areas in the Rio Grande rift and Basin and Range province of New Mexico. Both regional and site-specific information is presented. Data was collected by: 1) reconnaissance and detailed geologic napping, emphasizing Neogene stratigraphy and structure; 2) petrologic studies of Neogene igneous rocks; 3) radiometric age-dating; 4) geochemical surveying, including regional and site-specific water chemistry , stable isotopic analyses of thermal waters , whole-rock and mineral isotopic studies, and whole-rock chemical analyses; and 5) detailed geophysical surveys, using electrical, gravity and magnetic techniques, with electrical resistivity playing a major role.

Regional geochemical water studies were conducted for the whole State. Integrated site-specific studies included the Animas Valley, Las Cruces area (Radium Springs and Las Alturas Estates), Truth or Consequences region, the Albuquerque basin, the San Ysidro area, and the Abiquiu-Ojo Caliente region. The Animas Valley and Las Cruces areas have the most significant geothermal potential of the areas studied. The Truth or Consequences and Albuquerque areas need further study. The San Ysidro and Abiquiu-Ojo Caliente regions have less significant geothermal potential.

Author 
Jonathan Callender








Published 
New Mexico Energy Institute, 1981



Report Number 
EMD Project Number 2-65-2164


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Citation

Jonathan Callender. 1981. Evaluation of Geothermal Potential of Rio Grande Rift and Basin and Range Province, New Mexico. New Mexico State University: New Mexico Energy Institute. Report No.: EMD Project Number 2-65-2164.


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