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Utah Geothermal Discovery

Utah Geothermal Discovery

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Maps and information about a massive geothermal resource discovered in Utah's Black Rock Desert basin that scientists believe could eventually support power plants producing thousands of megawatts of electricity.
Maps and information about a massive geothermal resource discovered in Utah's Black Rock Desert basin that scientists believe could eventually support power plants producing thousands of megawatts of electricity.

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Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune on Sep 27, 2012
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01000200030004000050100150200250
Temperature (C)
   D  e  p   t   h   (  m   )
02000400060008000100001200032132232332432
Temperature (F)
   D  e  p   t   h   (   f  e  e   t   )
Black Rock Desert, Utah
Extrapolated gradient for 80mW/m
2
and 2 km of basinPavant Butte well120 mW/m
2
potentialgeothermalreservoirs
new temperature gradient wells90°C/km60°C/km
 
Temperatures at depth in the Black Rock Desert, Utah, extrapolated from the new gradient wells.The red squares were measured in 1981 when an oil exploration well at Pavant Butte wasabandoned.
 
 
 
 Location of the new temperature gradient wells in the Black Rock Desert, and the inferred temperature at 3 kilometers depth (10,000 feet; 150
⁰ 
C = 300
⁰ 
F; 200
⁰ 
C = 400
⁰ 
F). The contoursof gravity outline a basin which roughly coincides with the region of high temperature.

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