Data Acquisition-Manipulation At Coso Geothermal Area (1980)

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Exploration Activity: Data Acquisition-Manipulation At Coso Geothermal Area (1980)

Exploration Activity Details
Location Coso Geothermal Area
Exploration Technique Data Acquisition-Manipulation
Activity Date 1980
Usefulness useful
DOE-funding Unknown

Exploration Basis
Fault mapping in geothermal area to determine the seismicity of the Coso Range
The rhyolite field has a significantly higher b value of 1.26 +- 0.16; if only the shallow events (depth <5 km) are used in the calculation, the b value for this area becomes even higher, 1.34 +- 0.24. The higher b values were interpreted as reflecting the existence of short average fault lengths (<5 km) within the rhyolite field. The seismic data and other data suggest that the fault system lying between the rhyolite field and the adjacent Coso Basin is an important tectonic boundary. Present information is insufficient to determine the geothermal production capability of this fault system, but this does suggest that the system is a good target for further exploration.


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