Numerical Modeling At Coso Geothermal Area (2000)

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Exploration Activity: Numerical Modeling At Coso Geothermal Area (2000)

Exploration Activity Details
Location Coso Geothermal Area
Exploration Technique Numerical Modeling
Activity Date 2000
Usefulness not indicated
DOE-funding Unknown

Exploration Basis
Determine areas with fault patterns for geothermal development using Poisson's ratio and porosity
High-resolution, three-dimensional, compressional and shear wave velocity models, derived from microearthquake travel times, are used to map the distribution of Poisson's ratio and porosity at Coso Geothermal Area. Spatial resolution of the three-dimensional Poisson's ratio and porosity distributions is estimated to be 0.5 km horizontally and 0.8 km vertically. Model uncertainties, + or -1% in the interior and + or -2.3% around the edge of the model, are estimated by a jackknife method. Perturbations of r = Vp/Vs ratio and Psi = Vpdot Vs product were used to derive distributions of Poisson's ratio, sigma , and porosity, which are then used to constrain and delineate possible zones of intense heat, fracture accumulation and fluid saturation. Poisson's ratio at Coso ranges from 0.15 to 0.35 with an average of 0.224, lower than the crustal average of 0.25.


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