Subsurface Temperature Data in Jemez Mountains, New Mexico

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Report: Subsurface Temperature Data in Jemez Mountains, New Mexico

Abstract
Temperature data taken in 13 drill tests around the Valles Caldera are presented. Seven of these tests were shallow auger holes (< 30 m), 4 were rotary holes of intermediate depth (140 m to 170 m), and 2 were relatively deep tests (350 m and 730 m). Heat-flow measurements were obtained in the 4 intermediate drill tests whereas only geothermal gradients were measured in the remaining tests. Potential ground-water movement, lack of good thermal conductivity control, and the shallow depth of many of the drill tests makes the heat-flow pattern in the area uncertain. Two trends appear likely: higher heat flows are to the western side of the Valles Caldera (as opposed to the eastern side) and heat flows increase rapidly in approaching the margin of the Valles Caldera from the west. Both observations suggest a relatively shallow heat source located beneath the western part of the Valles Caldera.

Authors 
Marshall Reiter, Charles Weidman, C.L. Edwards and Harold Hartman








Published 
New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources, 1976



Report Number 
Circular 151


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Marshall Reiter,Charles Weidman,C.L. Edwards,Harold Hartman. 1976. Subsurface Temperature Data in Jemez Mountains, New Mexico. Socorro, NM: New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources. Report No.: Circular 151.


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