Numerical Modeling of Transient Basin and Range Extensional Geothermal Systems

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Conference Paper: Numerical Modeling of Transient Basin and Range Extensional Geothermal Systems

Abstract
A suite of models utilizing a range of bulkrock permeabilities were developed to analyze thetransient behavior of basin and range extensionalgeothermal systems, and particularly, the evolution ofthe system temperature with time. Each modelconsists of two mountain ranges (~1 km relief fromthe valley floor) separated by a thick sequence (about4 km) of clastic sediments derived from the adjacentranges, and a relatively permeable, high angle faultthat functions as a conduit for subsurface fluids. Thisgeometry is typical of Basin and Range extensionalsystems.We characterize the reservoir by utilizingseveral parameters, including temperature along theproducing fault, maximum temperature away fromthe fault in the probable reservoir region, and finally,the predicted surface heat flow.

Authors 
J. R. McKenna and D. D. Blackwell






Conference 
PROCEEDINGS, TOUGH Symposium 2003 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Berkeley, California; 2003


Published 
PROCEEDINGS, TOUGH Symposium 2003 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory;, 2003





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J. R. McKenna,D. D. Blackwell. 2003. Numerical Modeling of Transient Basin and Range Extensional Geothermal Systems. In: PROCEEDINGS, TOUGH Symposium 2003 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. PROCEEDINGS, TOUGH Symposium 2003 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; 2003; Berkeley, California. Berkeley, California: (!) ; p. (!)


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