Field Mapping At Coso Geothermal Area (1980)

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Exploration Activity: Field Mapping At Coso Geothermal Area (1980)

Exploration Activity Details
Location Coso Geothermal Area
Exploration Technique Field Mapping
Activity Date 1980

Usefulness not indicated
DOE-funding Unknown

 
Exploration Basis
Determine the areal extent of the magma reservoir
 
Notes
The distribution of quaternary rhyolite dome of the Coso Range was analyzed. Thirty-eight separate domes and flows of phenocryst-poor, high-silica rhyolite of similar major element chemical composition were erupted over the past 1 m.y. from vents arranged in a crudely S-shaped array atop a granitic horst in the Coso Range, California. The immediate source of heat for the surficial geothermal phenomena is probably a silicic magma reservoir that may still contain molten or partially molten material at a depth of around 8 km beneath the central part of the rhyolite field. Outlying rhyolite extrusions probably reflect the presence of feeder dikes emanating from the reservoir beneath the central region. Azimuths of dikes appear to be parallel to the regional tectonic axis of maximum horizontal compression, analogous to some dike-fed flank eruptions on basaltic shields and andesitic strato-volcanoes.


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