Isotopic Analysis- Fluid At Dixie Valley Geothermal Area (Kennedy & Soest, 2005)

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Exploration Activity: Isotopic Analysis- Fluid At Dixie Valley Geothermal Area (Kennedy & Soest, 2005)

Exploration Activity Details
Location Dixie Valley Geothermal Area
Exploration Technique Isotopic Analysis- Fluid
Activity Date 2004 - 2005

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DOE-funding Unknown

 
Exploration Basis
The focus of this study was to investigate the relationship between known geothermal resources with deep, fault hosted permeable fluid flow pathways and the helium Isotopic composition of the surface fluids. The authors suggest that helium isotopes are the best and possibly the only indication of deep permeability where high temperature fluids are masked beneath a cold reservoir.
 
Notes
3He/4He ratios were measured in many locations across the Basin and Range region. A spike in 3He levels at Dixie Valley indicates that the faults there are deep permeable pathways which transmit fluid from near the mantle. The composition of helium isotopes was determined from several springs, wells, and fumaroles within Dixie Valley. More work needs to be done for this study, but it appears that helium isotopes could be a good tool for determining deep faults with high enough permeability to host viable geothermal resources.


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