San Andreas Geothermal Region

Jump to: navigation, search

San Andreas Geothermal Region

Map: {{{Name}}}

The topographic texture of western California is controlled by the San Andreas fault system, the tectonic expression of the Pacific Plate sliding northwestward along the western margin of the North American Plate. Hundreds of miles long and in places up to a mile wide, the San Andreas Fault Zone has been active since its origin in the Tertiary. About 10 percent of the present plate motion is compressional, shortening and wrinkling the crust to create the parallel coastal northwest-southeast mountain ranges. USGS Physiographic Regions[1]


  1.  "USGS Physiographic Regions"
Geothermal Region Data
State(s) California

Area 73,756 km²73,756,000,000 m²
28,469.816 mi²
793,902,208,400 ft²
88,212,176,000 yd²
18,225,476.38 acres
USGS Resource Estimate for this Region
Identified Mean Potential 17.1 MW17,100 kW
17,100,000 W
17,100,000,000 mW
0.0171 GW
1.71e-5 TW
Undiscovered Mean Potential 446.7 MW446,700 kW
446,700,000 W
446,700,000,000 mW
0.447 GW
4.467e-4 TW
Planned Capacity
Planned Capacity 0 MW0 kW
0 W
0 mW
0 GW
0 TW
Plants Included
in Planned Estimate
Plants with Unknown
Planned Capacity

Geothermal Areas within the San Andreas Geothermal Region

Energy Generation Facilities within the San Andreas Geothermal Region

Geothermal Power Projects within the San Andreas Geothermal Region

Geothermal Development Projects in the Region(per GEA's Annual U.S. Geothermal Power Production and Development Report (April 2011))

Geothermal Exploration Techniques used within the San Andreas Geothermal Region