Geophysical Investigations Of The Platanares Geothermal Site, Honduras, Central America
Journal Article: Geophysical Investigations Of The Platanares Geothermal Site, Honduras, Central America
AbstractGeophysical studies were carried out in Platanares in Western Honduras, as part of an investigation of the geothermal resource potential of Honduras by Los Alamos National Laboratory in cooperation with the Honduran government and the U.S. Geological Survey. Geological and geochemical studies later followed by exploratory bore-holes indicate this area of rugged topography has the best geothermal potential in Honduras. In order to better understand the geology of the area, gravity, audiomagnetotelluric and telluric surveys were carried out. The site is in a graben of Tertiary volcanics and Cretaceous red beds, with numerous hot springs along faults in the center of the graben. Gravity mapped the thickness of low-density tuffs and the position of associated normal faults. It also indicated the presence of persuasive, shallow, highly silicified, high-density tuffs and gravels. The electrical surveys mapped shallow, high-resistivity silicified zones and faults as low-resistivity zones. The red beds below the tuffs are considered to contain the geothermal reservoir, but their maximum thickness could not be determined by these surveys due to the lack of density contrast and the high surface electrical conductivities. Three geologic cross-sections constructed by others have been re-evaluated using gravity modeling and analysis of eletrical anomalies, showing general agreement but in detail significant differences.
- Carlos L. Aiken, Mark E. Ander and Mauricio F. de la Fuente
- Published Journal
- Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 1991
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Carlos L. Aiken,Mark E. Ander,Mauricio F. de la Fuente. 1991. Geophysical Investigations Of The Platanares Geothermal Site, Honduras, Central America. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. (!) .