Seismic Methods For Resource Exploration In Enhanced Geothermal Systems

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Abstract
A finite-difference modeling study of seismic wave propagation was conducted to determine how to best investigate subsurface faults and fracture zones in geothermal areas. The numerical model was created based on results from a previous seismic reflection experiment. A suite of fault models was investigated including blind faults and faults with surface expressions. The seismic data suggest that blind faults can be detected by a sudden attenuation of seismic wave amplitudes, as long the fault is located below the receiver array. Additionally, a conversion from P- to S-waves indicates the reflection and refraction of the P-waves while propagating across the fault. The drop in amplitudes and the excitation of S-waves can be used to estimate the location of the fault at depth. The accuracy of the numerical modeling depends on the availability of a priori in situ information (velocity and density) from borehole experiments in the geothermal area.

Authors 
Roland Gritto and E. L. Majer








Published 
Geothermal Technologies Legacy Collection, Date Not Provided





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Roland Gritto,E. L. Majer. . Seismic Methods For Resource Exploration In Enhanced Geothermal Systems. (!) : Geothermal Technologies Legacy Collection. (!) p.


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