Teleseismic-Seismic Monitoring At Coso Geothermal Area (2004)

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Exploration Activity: Teleseismic-Seismic Monitoring At Coso Geothermal Area (2004)

Exploration Activity Details
Location Coso Geothermal Area
Exploration Technique Teleseismic-Seismic Monitoring
Activity Date 2004

Usefulness not indicated
DOE-funding Unknown

 
Exploration Basis
Analyze seismic data to develop reservoir models that characterize the geothermal system
 
Notes
Large-amplitude, secondary arrivals are modeled as scattering anomalies. Polarization and ray tracing methods determine the orientation and location of the scattering body. Two models are proposed for the scatterer: (1) a point scatterer located anywhere in a one-dimensional (1-D), layered velocity model; and (2) a dipping interface between two homogeneous half spaces. Each model is derived by non-linear, grid search inversion for the optimal solution which best predicts observed travel times. In each case the models predict a nearly vertical scatterer southwest of stations S4 and Y4, each southeast of Sugarloaf Mountain, a large rhyolite dome. The large amplitude, vertical impedance contrast interface coincides with steep gradients of heat flow measured near the surface and with structural boundaries observed in surface geology. The reflector is most probably the sharp boundary between the northern part of the field where there is significant fluid flow and the southern part where hydrothermal fluids are absent.

 
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