Heat flow in the northern Basin and Range province

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Journal Article: Heat flow in the northern Basin and Range province

Abstract
The heat flow in the Basin and Range province of northern Nevada is extremely complex. It is a product of superposition of the regional effects of extension and volcanism /intrusion modified by the local conductive effects of thermal refraction (complicated structural settings),variations in radioactive heat production, erosion and sedimentation. In addition to these conductive effects,groundwater flow, both on a local and a regional basis,affects heat-flow measurements. Typical heat -flow values for the Basin and Range province average 85 +/- 10 mWm-2. The higher estimates are probably based on biased sets of heat flow measurements, and actual averages are on the order of 100 +/- 10 mWm-2. Geothermal systems appear to be related to deep fluid circulation in an active tectonic setting rather than to young silicic volcanic rocks. Young volcanoes occur along the borders of the Basin and Range province, but not in the part of northern Nevada discussed in this paper.

Author 
David D. Blackwell








Published Journal 
The Role of Heat in the Development of Energy and Mineral Resources in the Northern Basin and Range Province, Spec. Rep, 1983





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David D. Blackwell. 1983. Heat flow in the northern Basin and Range province. The Role of Heat in the Development of Energy and Mineral Resources in the Northern Basin and Range Province, Spec. Rep. .