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Fig. 3 | Geothermal Energy

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From: Three-dimensional geologic mapping to assess geothermal potential: examples from Nevada and Oregon

Fig. 3

Conceptual sketch illustrating the 3D geologic mapping and 3D geothermal potential mapping work flow. Geologic and geophysical data are integrated (black arrows) into a detailed 3D geologic map (“Methods: 3D geologic mapping”). Iteration of the interpretation between geologic and geophysical data, as well as between early versions of the 3D map and input data (blue arrows) is required to ensure that the 3D geologic map is consistent with all input data. The 3D geologic map is used to evaluate geothermal potential in 3D (“Methods: geothermal potential mapping”). 3D fault and stratigraphic surfaces are used to conduct fault stress analysis (“Fault stress state”), calculate the density of fault intersections and fault terminations (“Fault intersections and terminations”), and determine prospective stratigraphic intervals (“Host rock lithology”), gray arrows. These three maps are summed to produce the 3D geothermal potential map (“Evaluating geothermal potential in 3D”). To elucidate the specific highly prospective areas of the 3D geothermal potential map, geologic information from the 3D geologic map, and additional information about known areas of fluid flow from temperature or other data are integrated (red arrows) to build the 3D conceptual model of geothermal processes (“Results and discussion”)

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