Thermochronometry At Coso Geothermal Area (2010)

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Exploration Activity: Thermochronometry At Coso Geothermal Area (2010)

Exploration Activity Details
Location Coso Geothermal Area
Exploration Technique Thermochronometry
Activity Date 2010

Usefulness not indicated
DOE-funding Unknown

Exploration Basis
To determine if there is geothermal potential in the South Ranges
It has been believed that the South Ranges at China Lake may host geothermal resources for several decades. Recent Garlock Fault mapping, associated thermochronology work and a well documented but geologically unresolved steaming well to the west suggests that the South Ranges should be investigated for geothermal potential. In 2009, GPO awarded a contract to the University of Kansas to follow through on detailed mapping, trenching, dating and thermochronoloy in the Lava Mountains and the southern Slate Range region of the South Ranges to see if a geothermal resource might exist. A TGH drilling campaign may be initiated in the South Ranges in 2011.


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