Numerical Modeling At Coso Geothermal Area (2007)

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Exploration Activity: Numerical Modeling At Coso Geothermal Area (2007)

Exploration Activity Details
Location Coso Geothermal Area
Exploration Technique Numerical Modeling
Activity Date 2007

Usefulness not indicated
DOE-funding Unknown

Exploration Basis
To determine the importance of fracture networks for fluid migration in tectonically active regions such as the Coso Range.
A finite element analysis is used to establish the 3D state of stress within the tectonic setting of the Coso Range. The mean and differential stress distributions are used to infer fluid flow vectors and second order fracture likelihood and orientation. The results show that the Coso Range and adjacent areas are regions of increased likelihood of second order fracture generation.

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