Field Studies of Geothermal Reservoirs: Rio Grande Rift, New Mexico

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Report: Field Studies of Geothermal Reservoirs: Rio Grande Rift, New Mexico

Abstract
The Rio Grande rift provides an excellent field laboratory to study the nature of geothermal systems in an extensional environment. Much of the geologic complexity that is found in the Basin and Range is absent because the rift is located on cratonic crust with a thin and well-characterized Phanerozoic stratigraphy and tectonic history. On the other hand, the Neogene thermo-tectonic history of the rift has many parallels with the Basin and Range to the west. The geology of the southern Rio Grande rift is among the best characterized of any rift system in the world. Also, most geologic maps for the region are rather unique in that detailed analyses of Quaternary stratigraphic and surficial unit are added in concert with the details of bedrock geology. Pleistocene to Holocene entrenchment of the Rio Grande and tributaries unroofs the alteration signatures and permeability attributes of paleo outflow plumes and upflow zones, associated with present-day, but hidden or blind, hydrothermal systems at Rincon and San Diego Mountain.

Author 
J. C. Witcher








Published 
Southwest Technology Development Institute, 2002





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J. C. Witcher. 2002. Field Studies of Geothermal Reservoirs: Rio Grande Rift, New Mexico. Las Cruces, NM: Southwest Technology Development Institute.


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