Numerical Modeling At Coso Geothermal Area (2006)

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Exploration Activity: Numerical Modeling At Coso Geothermal Area (2006)

Exploration Activity Details
Location Coso Geothermal Area
Exploration Technique Numerical Modeling
Activity Date 2006

Usefulness useful
DOE-funding Unknown

Exploration Basis
Determine areas of high permeability using isotope transport and exchange analysis
Finite element models of single-phase, variable-density fluid flow, conductive- convective heat transfer, fluid-rock isotope exchange, and groundwater residence times were developed. Using detailed seismic reflection data and geologic mapping, a regional cross-sectional model was constructed that extends laterally from the Sierra Nevada to Wildhorse Mesa, west of the Argus Range. The findings suggest that active faults and seismogenic zones in and around the Coso geothermal area have much higher permeability and reactive surface areas than far field crustal rocks such as those in the Sierra Nevada.


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