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Assessment of geothermal resources of the United States: 1978

January 1, 1979

The geothermal resource assessment presented in this Circular is a refinement and updating of USGS Circular 726. Nonproprietary information available in June 1978 is used to assess geothermal energy in the ground and, when possible, to evaluate the fraction that might be recovered at the surface. Five categories of geothermal energy are discussed:

a. Conduction-dominated regimes

b. Igneous-related geothermal systems

c. High-temperature (>1500C) and intermediate-temperature (90°-150°C) hydrothermal convection systems

d. Low-temperature (<900C) geothermal waters

e. Geopressured-geothermal energy (both thermal energy and energy from dissolved methane).

Assessment data are presented on three colored maps prepared in cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Publication Year 1979
Title Assessment of geothermal resources of the United States: 1978
DOI 10.3133/cir790
Authors L. J. Patrick Muffler
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Circular
Series Number 790
Index ID cir790
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse