Thermal Ion Dispersion At Lightning Dock Area (Cunniff & Bowers, 2005)
Exploration Activity: Thermal Ion Dispersion At Lightning Dock Area (Cunniff & Bowers, 2005)
|Exploration Activity Details|
|Location||Lightning Dock Area|
|Exploration Technique||Thermal Ion Dispersion|
Thermal Ion Dispersion (TID) is a method used by the precious-metals industry to determine the movement of hot, mineral-bearing waters through rocks, gravels, and soils. The survey involves collection of soil samples and analyses of ions by an enzyme leach process done by commercial laboratories. The method utilizes the property of elements to be dissolved, transported, or deposited depending on the temperature of the thermal waters. The TID method has not been applied to geothermal exploration before. In July 2002, LDG contracted MagmaChem of Sonoita, AZ to conduct a TID survey in the greenhouse area. The goals of the soil sampling were: 1) to test whether or not the technique could detect the overall thermal anomaly, and 2) if the overall thermal anomaly could be detected, then to examine whether or not surface geochemistry could define geothermal features or distinctive zones within the overall thermal anomaly.