Modeling-Computer Simulations At Dixie Valley Geothermal Area (Wannamaker, Et Al., 2006)

Jump to: navigation, search
GEOTHERMAL ENERGYGeothermal Home

Exploration Activity: Modeling-Computer Simulations At Dixie Valley Geothermal Area (Wannamaker, Et Al., 2006)

Exploration Activity Details
Location Dixie Valley Geothermal Area
Exploration Technique Modeling-Computer Simulations
Activity Date 2006 - 2006

Usefulness useful
DOE-funding Unknown

 
Exploration Basis
A non-linear 2D inversion model of TM mode apparent resistivity and impedance was made from MT data. The MT profiling was done to explore a hypothesis that fluid circulation at depth of over 10 km is the cause of well temperatures that exceed 280 degrees Celsius
 
Notes
A 2D non-linear inversion model was made from MT Data collected in a profile that stretched from the California border to near the town of Eureka in central Nevada, passing through the Dixie Valley Geothermal Field. The array was more dense near the production field. A very large and complex data set was collected. The computer simulation that created the model did a run that took about 15 hours on a pentium-4 processor running at 3 GHz with 1.7 Gbyte of RAM being used. The model revealed an electrical structure beneath Dixie Valley that could possibly represent a deep hydrothermal source in the lower crust.


Additional References