Reconnaissance electrical surveys in the Coso Range, California

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Journal Article: Reconnaissance electrical surveys in the Coso Range, California

Telluric current, audiomagnetotelluric (AMT), and direct current (dc) methods were used to study the electrical structure of the Coso Range and Coso geothermal area. Telluric current mapping outlined major resistivity lows associated with conductive valley fill of the Rose Valley basin, the Coso Basin, and the northern extension of the Coso Basin east of Coso Hot Springs. A secondary resistivity low with a north-south trend runs through the Coso Hot Springs--Devil's Kitchen geothermal area. The secondary low in the geothermal area, best defined by the 7.5-Hz AMT map and dc soundings, is caused by a shallow conductive zone (5--30 ohm m) interpreted to be hydrothermally altered Sierra Nevada basement rocks containing saline water of a hot water geothermal system. This zone of lowest apparent resistivities over the basement rocks lies within a closed contour of a heat flow anomaly where all values are greater than 10 heat flow units.

Jackson, D.B.; O'Donnell and J.E.  

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Journal of Geophysical Research, 5/10/1980

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Jackson, D.B.; O'Donnell, J.E.  . 5/10/1980. Reconnaissance electrical surveys in the Coso Range, California. Journal of Geophysical Research. (!) .