Soil Sampling At Waunita Hot Springs Geothermal Area (Ringrose & Pearl, 1981)
Exploration Activity: Soil Sampling At Waunita Hot Springs Geothermal Area (Ringrose & Pearl, 1981)
|Exploration Activity Details|
|Location||Waunita Hot Springs Geothermal Area|
|Exploration Technique||Soil Sampling|
The aim of the geochemical sampling program by the Colorado Geological Survey was to try to identify potential nearby geothermal features (subsurface seeps, geothermal reservoir, etc.)
65 soil samples were taken from a series of profile lines within an approximately 0.06 sq. mi area surrounding the hot springs. Additonally, several samples were taken approximately 1000 ft to the NE of the sample area to account for background soil mercury concentrations. Sample lines were designed to cross known nearby structural features as well as the near vicinity of the hot springs themselves. Soil mercury content ranged from 2-179 ppb in the analyzed sample, with a mean of 19.46 ppb and standard deviation of 31.76 ppb. Unfortunately, the survey results were inconclusive, with no identifiable pattern that would be indicative of thermal systems apart from those already known.
- C. D. Ringrose, R. H. Pearl (1981) Soil mercury investigations, Waunita Hot Springs