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The Geysers-Clear Lake geothermal area, California - an updated geophysical perspective of heat sources

January 1, 1995

The Geysers-Clear Lake geothermal area encompasses a large dry-steam production area in The Geysers field and a documented high-temperature, high-pressure, water-dominated system in the area largely south of Clear Lake, which has not been developed. An updated view is presented of the geological/geophysical complexities of the crust in this region in order to address key unanswered questions about the heat source and tectonics. Forward modeling, multidimensional inversions, and ideal body analysis of the gravity data, new electromagnetic sounding models, and arguments made from other geophysical data sets suggest that many of the geophysical anomalies have significant contributions from rock property and physical state variations in the upper 7 km and not from "magma' at greater depths. Regional tectonic and magmatic processes are analyzed to develop an updated scenario for pluton emplacement that differs substantially from earlier interpretations. In addition, a rationale is outlined for future exploration for geothermal resources in The Geysers-Clear Lake area. -from Authors

Citation Information

Publication Year 1995
Title The Geysers-Clear Lake geothermal area, California - an updated geophysical perspective of heat sources
DOI
Authors W. D. Stanley, R. J. Blakely
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Geothermics
Series Number
Index ID 70018924
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization