Exploration

 

 

The Team at ATLAS has been conducting geothermal exploration in several countries since the mid 1980s and a sampling of the summaries and results of these exploration activities appears here.

Photo on the right was taken during exploration activities at Platanares, Honduras in the mid-1980s.

Zehner, R.E., Tullar, K. N., and Rutledge, E, 2012. Effectiveness of 2-Meter and Geoprobe Shallow Temperature Surveys in Early Stage Geothermal Exploration, Transactions Geothermal Resources Council 36:  835-841.

2012

Shevenell, L., R. Penfield, R. Zehner, G. Johnson, and M. Coolbaugh, 2012.  National Geothermal Data System Geochemical Data for Exploration.  Transactions Geothermal Resources Council 36: 773-798.

2012

Shevenell, L., and R. Zehner, 2012.  Recent Exploration Activity in Nevada – Spring 2012.  Geothermal Resources Bulletin May/June, 2012.

2012

Shevenell, L., G. Johnson, and R. ZehnerNevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Geothermal Web site

2012

Sladek, C., M. Coolbaugh, R. Penfield, J. Skord, and L. Williamson, 2012. The Influences of Thermal Diffusivity and Weather on Shallow (2-Meter) Temperature Measurements. Transactions Geothermal Resources Council 36: 793-797.Snyder, W., Moore, J., Blackwell, D., Boyd, T., Horne, R., and L. Shevenell, 2012. Building a Community-based Data Network for Geothermal Energy. 37th Workshop for Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford U., Stanford, CA. 9pgs

2012

2012

Coolbaugh, M., C. Sladek, P. Lechler, C. Kratt, and L. Shevenell, 2011.  Task 3.0   Geothermal Prospecting — Subtask 3.2: Shallow temperature and soil gas surveys. Prepared for: The Nevada Renewable Energy Consortium, Janurary 17, 2011. 30 p.

2011

Coolbaugh, M.F., Vikre, P.G., and Faulds, J.E., 2011, Young (≤ 7 Ma) gold deposits and active geothermal systems of the Great Basin: enigmas, questions, and underdeveloped exploration potential: in Steininger, R. and Pennell, B., eds., Geological Society of Nevada Symposium 2010: Great Basin Evolution and Metallogeny, Reno, Nevada, May 14-22, 2010, p. 845-859.

2011

Falorni G., J. Morgan, and M. Eneva, Advanced InSAR techniques for geothermal exploration and production, Geothermal Resources Council Transactions 35, 2011, 1661-1666.

2011

Faulds, J.E., Hinz, N.H., Coolbaugh, M.F., Cashman, P.H., and Kratt, C., 2011, Assessment of favorable structural settings of geothermal systems in the Great Basin region, western USA: Abstract with Programs – Geological Society of America, v. 43, n. 5, p. 39.

2011

Faulds, J.E., Hinz, N.H., Coolbaugh, M.F., Cashman, P.H., Kratt, C., Derling, G., Edwards, J., Mayhew, B., and McLachlan, H., 2011, Assessment of favorable structural settings of geothermal systems in the Great Basin, western USA: Geothermal Resources Council Transactions, v. 35, p. 777-783.

2011

Faulds, J.E., N.H. Hinz, M.F. Coolbaugh, P.H. Cashman, C. Kratt, G. Dering, J. Edwards, B. Mayhew, and H. McLachlan, 2011.  Assessment of Favorable Structural Settings of Geothermal Systems in the Great Basin, Western USA.  Geothermal Resources Council Transactions 35: 777-783.

2011

Shevenell, L., and R. Zehner, 2011.  Recent Exploration Activity in Nevada – Spring 2011.  Geothermal Resources Council Transactions 35: 1009-1115. ( poster )

2011

Shevenell, L., G. Johnson, R. Zehner, and R. Penfield, 2011.  New Geothermal Map Products at the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology as part of the National Geothermal Data System.  Geothermal Resources Council Transactions 35: 1005-1007.

2011

Skord, J., C. Sladek, M. Coolbaugh, P.H. Cashman, M. Lazaro, and C. Kratt, 2011. Two-Meter Temperature Surveys for Geothermal Exploration Project at NAS Fallon. Transactions Geothermal Resources Council 35: 1023-1027.

2011

Skord, J., P.H. Cashman, M. Coolbaugh and N. Hinz, 2011.  Mapping Hydrothermal Upwelling and Outflow Zones: Preliminary Results from Two-Meter Temperature Data and Geologic Analysis at Lee Allen Springs and Salt Wells Basin. Transactions Geothermal Resources Council 35: 1017-1021.

2011

Coolbaugh, M., Lechler, P., Sladek, C., and C. Kratt, 2010. Lithium in Tufas of the Great Basin: Exploration Implications for Geothermal Energy and Lithium Resources. for Geothermal Energy and Lithium Resources 34: 521-526.

2010

Coolbaugh, M.F., C. Sladek, and C. Kratt, 2010.  Compensation for Seasonal and Surface Affects of Shallow (Two-Meter) Temperature Measurements.  Transactions Geothermal Resources Council 34: 851-856.

2010

Faulds, J.E., Coolbaugh, M.F., Benoit, D., Oppliger, G., Perkins, M., Moeck, I., and Drakos, P., 2010, Structural controls of geothermal activity in the northern Hot Springs Mountains, western Nevada: the tale of three geothermal systems (Brady’s, Desert Peak, and Desert Queen): Geothermal Resources Council Transactions, v. 34, p. 675-683.

2010

Kratt, C., C. Sladek, and M. Coolbaugh, 2010.  Boom and Bust with the Latest 2m Temperature Surveys: Dead Horse Wells, Hawthorne Army Depot, Terraced Hills, and Other Areas in Nevada. Transactions Geothermal Resources Council 34: 567-574.

2010

Coolbaugh, M., and C. Hickson, 2010.  Geothermal Potential of Peru and Modern Exploration Methods.  XV Congreso Peruano de Geología. Resúmenes Extendidos. Sociedad Geológica del Perú, Pub. Esp. N° 9 (2010), Cusco p. 1111-1114.

2010

Kratt, C., Calvin, W., and Coolbaugh, M., 2010, Mineral mapping in the Pyramid Lake basin: Hydrothermal alteration, chemical precipitates and geothermal energy potential: Remote Sensing of Environment, v. 114, p. 2297-2304.

2010

Coolbaugh, M., 2009, Exploration for geothermal resources – field techniques: [abstract] Geological Society of Nevada Newsletter, January, 2009, v. 24, n. 1, p. 8.

2009

Coolbaugh, M., Lechler, P., Sladek, C., and C. Kratt, 2009. Carbonate Tufa Columns as Exploration Guides for Geothermal Systems in the Great Basin.  Transactions Geothermal Resources Council 33: 461-466.

2009

Eneva, M., and M. Coolbaugh, 2009. Importance of Elevation and Temperature Inversions for the Interpretation of Thermal Infrared Satellite Images Used in Geothermal Exploration.  Transactions Geothermal Resources Council 33: 467-470.

2009

Kratt, C., Coolbaugh, M., Peppin, B., and C. Sladek, 2009.  Identification of a New Blind Geothermal System with Hyperspectral Remote Sensing and Shallow Temperature Measurements at Columbus Salt Marsh, Esmeralda County, Nevada.   Transactions Geothermal 33: 481-485.

2009

Lechler, P., Coolbaugh, M., and C. Sladek, 2009.  Multi-Gas Geochemistry at the Desert Queen Geothermal System, West-Central Nevada.   Transactions Geothermal Resources Council 33: 491-494.

2009

Sladek, C., Coolbaugh, M.F., and C. Kratt, 2009.  Improvements in Shallow (Two-Meter) Temperature Measurements and Data Interpretation.   Transactions Geothermal Resources Council 33: 535-541.

2009

Faulds, J.E., Coolbaugh, M., Bouchot, V., and Moeck, I., 2009, Structural Controls of Geothermal Reservoirs in Extensional Tectonic Settings: Developing Successful Exploration Strategies, in Huenges E. and Bruhn D., eds., Conference Contributions of the I-GET Final Conference, 23-24 February 2009, Potsdam, Germany, p. 51-53.

2009

Taranik, J.V., Coolbaugh, M.F., and Vaughan, R.G., 2009, An overview of thermal infrared remote sensing with applications to geothermal and mineral exploration in the Great Basin, western United States, in Bedell, R., Crosta, A.P., and Grunsky, E., eds., Remote Sensing and Spectral Geology; Reviews in Economic Geology, v. 16, p. 41-57.

2009

Zehner, R., M Coolbaugh, L. Shevenell, 2009.  Preliminary Geothermal Potential and Exploration Activity in Nevada.  Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Open-File Report 09-10.  (Map and text - LARGE)

2009

Zehner, R., M. Coolbaugh, and L. Shevenell, 2009. Preliminary geothermal potential and exploration activity in Nevada.  Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology OF-09-1. – Superceeded by OF-09-10.

2009

Coolbaugh, M.F., 2008.  The Important Role of Grass-Roots Exploration in Expanding the Use of Geothermal Energy in the Great Basin, USA.  Geothermal Resources Council Transactions 32: 139-140.

2008

Faulds, J., Coolbaugh, M.F., Vice, G.S., and Bouchot, V., 2008, Characterizing controls of geothermal systems through integrated geologic and geophysical studies: Developing recipes for successful exploration of conventional and unconventional geothermal systems: [abstract] 70th EAGE (European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers) Conference and Exhibition SPE EUROPEC 2008, Rome, Italy, June 9-12, 2008.

2008

Shevenell, L., Coolbaugh, M., C. Sladek, R. Zehner, C. Kratt, J. Faulds, and R. Penfield. 2008. Our Evolving Knowledge of Nevada’s Geothermal Resource Potential. Geothermal Resources Council Transactions, 32: 169-174.

2008

Kratt, C., Coolbaugh, M., Sladek, C., Zehner, R., Penfield, R., and B. Delwiche, 2008. A New Gold Pan for the West: Discovering Blind Geothermal Systems with Shallow Temperature Surveys.  Transactions Geothermal Resources Council 32: 153-158.

2008

Coolbaugh, M., 2008. The Important Role of Grass-Roots Exploration in Expanding the Use of Geothermal Energy in the Great Basin, USA.  Transactions Geothermal Resources Council 32: 139-140.

2008

Coolbaugh, M.F. and Raines, G.L., 2007, Estimation of undiscovered resources by incorporating spatial models of degree of exploration into data-driven models such as weights of evidence and logistic regression, in Zhao, P., Agterberg, F., and Cheng, Q., eds., Geomathematics and GIS Analysis of Resources, Environment and Hazards: International Association of Mathematical Geology Annual Conference Proceedings, Beijing, China, Aug. 26-31, 2007, p. 90-93.

2007

Coolbaugh, M.F., J.E. Faulds, C. Kratt, G.L. Oppliger, L. Shevenell, W. Calvin, W.J. Ehni and R.E. Zehner, 2007.  Geothermal potential of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation, Nevada, USA:  Evidence of previously unrecognized moderate-temperature (150-170°C) Geothermal Systems.  Geothermal Resources Council Bulletin 36(3), May/June 2007:  25-33.

2007

Coolbaugh, M.F., Sladek, C., Faulds, J.E., Zehner, R.E., and Oppliger, G.L., 2007, Use of rapid temperature measurements at a 2-meter depth to augment deeper temperature gradient drilling: Proceedings, 32nd Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California, January 22-24, 2007, 7 p.

2007

Eneva, M., Coolbaugh, M., Bjornstad, S., and Combs, J., 2007, In search for thermal anomalies in the Coso geothermal field (California) using remote sensing and field data: Proceedings, 32nd Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, Jan. 22-24, 2007, p. 409-415.

2007

Sladek, C., Coolbaugh, M.F., and R.E. Zehner, 2007. Development of 2-Meter Soil Temperature Probes and Results of Temperature Survey Conducted at Desert Peak, Nevada, USA.  Transactions Geothermal Resources Council 31: 363-368.

2007

Vice, G., Faulds, J., Ehni, W., and M. Coolbaugh, 2007. Structural Controls of a Blind Geothermal System in the Northern Pyramid Lake Area, Northwestern Nevada.  Transactions Geothermal Resources Council 31: 133-137.

2007

Zehner, R., Robinson, M., Coolbaugh, M., and Shevenell, L., 2007, GIS Techniques in Locating Geothermal Resources, American Association of Geographers Meeting, April 2007, San Francisco, CA.

2007

Coolbaugh, M. and Blackwell, D., 2007, Geothermal lease opportunities in Nevada: Geothermal Resources Council Geothermal Bulletin, v. 36, n. 2, p. 36.

2007

Coolbaugh, M.F., Raines, G.L., and Zehner, R.E, 2007, Assessment of exploration bias in data driven predictive models and the estimation of undiscovered resources: Natural Resources Research, v. 16, n. 2, p. 199-207.

2007

Coolbaugh, M.F., Kratt, C., Fallacaro, A., Calvin, W.M., and Taranik, J.V., 2007, Detection of geothermal anomalies using Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) thermal infrared images at Brady’s Hot Springs, Nevada, USA: Remote Sensing of Environment, v. 106, n. 3, p. 350-359.

2007

Monastero, F., and M. Coolbaugh, 2007. Advances in Geothermal Resource Exploration Circa 2007.  Transactions Geothermal Resources Council 31: 23-29.

2007

Coolbaugh, M. F., C. Sladek, C. Kratt, L. Shevenell, and J. E. Faulds, 2006.  Surface Indicators of Geothermal Activity at Salt Wells, Nevada, USA, Including Warm Ground, Borate Deposits, and Siliceous Alteration. Geothermal Resources Council Transactions, 30: 399-406.

2006

Coolbaugh, M. F., G.L. Raines, R.E. Zehner, L. Shevenell, and C.F. Williams, 2006.  Prediction and Discovery of New Geothermal Resources in the Great Basin: Multiple Evidence of a Large Undiscovered Resource Base. Geothermal Resources Council Transactions, 30: 867-874.

2006

Coolbaugh, M. F., J. Faulds, C. Kratt, G. Oppliger, L. Shevenell, W. Calvin, W. Ehni, and R. Zehner 2006. Geothermal Potential of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation, Nevada, USA: Evidence of at least two previously unrecognized moderate-temperature (150-70°C) Geothermal Systems.  Geothermal Resources Council Transactions 30: 59-67.

2006

Coolbaugh, M.F., C. Kratt, C. Sladek, R. Zehner, and L. Shevenell, 2006.  Quaternary Borate Deposits as a Geothermal Exploration Tool in the Great Basin. Geothermal Resources Council Transactions 30: 393-398.

2006

Eneva, M., Coolbaugh, M., and J. Combs, 2006. Application of Satellite Thermal Infrared Imagery to Geothermal Exploration in East Central California.  Transactions Geothermal Resources Council 30: 407-411.

2006

Heimgartner, M., J.N. Louie, J.B. Scott, W. Thelen, C.T. Lopez, and M. Coolbaugh, 2006. The Crustal Thickness of the Great Basin: Using Seismic Refracton to Assess Regional Geothermal Potential.  Transactions Geothermal Resources Council 30: 83-86.

2006

Kratt, C., Coolbaugh, M., and W. Calvin, 2006. Remote Detection of Quaternary Borate Deposits with ASTER Satellite Imagery as a Geothermal Exploration Tool.  Transactions Geothermal Resources Council 30: 435-439.

2006

Zehner, R., M.F. Coolbaugh, and L. Shevenell, 2006.  Regional groundwater geochemical trends in the Great Basin:  Implications for geothermal exploration.   Geothermal Resources Council Transactions 30: 117-126.

2006

Kratt, C., Calvin, W., and Coolbaugh, M., 2006, Geothermal exploration with HyMap hyperspectral data at Brady-Desert Peak, Nevada: Remote Sensing of Environment, v. 104, p. 313-325.

2006

Kratt, C., Calvin, W., and Coolbaugh, M., 2005, Geothermal exploration in northwestern Nevada with HyMap: Abstracts with Programs – Geological Society of America, v. 37, n. 7, p. 294.

2005

Calvin, W.M., Coolbaugh, M., Kratt, C., and Vaughan, R.G., 2005, Application of remote sensing technology to geothermal exploration, in Rhoden, H.N., Steininger, R.C., and Vikre, P.G., eds., Geological Society of Nevada Symposium 2005: Window to the World Reno, Nevada, May 2005, p. 1083-1090.

2005

Coolbaugh, M., R. Zehner, C. Kreemer, D. Blackwell, and G. Oppliger, 2005. A Map of Geothermal Potential for the Great Basin, USA: Recoginition of Multiple Geothermal Environments.  Transactions Geothermal Resources Council 29:  223-228.

2005

Kratt, C., Calvin, C., and Coolbaugh, M., 2005, Hyperspectral mineral mapping for geothermal exploration on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation, Nevada: Geothermal Resources Council Transactions, v. 29, p. 273-275.

2005

Oppliger, G., M. Coolbaugh, L. Shevenell and J. Taranik, 2005, Elucidating deep reservoir geometry and shallow fluid flow pathways through 3-D elastostatic modeling of InSAR satellite radar observed surface deformations:  An example from the Bradys Geothermal Field. Geothermal Resources Council Transactions, 29: 419-424.

2005

Shevenell, L., 2005.  One-Stop Shop: The Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy offers solutions for all your exploration, leasing, and assessment needs: Geothermal Resources Council Bulletin 34(5): 170–175.

2005

Coolbaugh, M.F., Zehner, R.E., Raines, G.L., Oppliger, G.L., and Kreemer, C., 2005, Regional Prediction of Geothermal Systems in the Great Basin, USA using Weights of Evidence and Logistic Regression in a Geographic Information System (GIS), in Cheng, Q. and Bonham-Carter, G., eds., GIS and Spatial Analysis: International Association of Mathematical Geology Annual Conference Proceedings, Toronto, Canada, Aug. 21-26, 2005, p. 505-510.

2005

Shevenell, L., P. Lechler, L. Garside, and M. Coolbaugh.  2005, Geochemical Sampling of Thermal and Non-Thermal Waters in Nevada: Continued Evaluation of Geothermal Resources.  U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Program Exploration  Peer Review Report, June 30, 2005, 6 p.

2005

Zehner, R. and Coolbaugh, M., 2005, Predicting high-temperature geothermal systems in the Great Basin using GIS: Nevada Geographic Information Society Annual Conference and Meeting Abstracts, April 20, 2005, p. 29-30.

2005

Zehner, R., Coolbaugh, M., and Brown, P., 2005, The Great Basin Center Website: One stop shop for all your geothermal exploration, leasing, and assessment needs: Abstracts, Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting, September 25-28, 2005, Reno, Nevada, p. 18.

2005

Skip Matlick and Christy Morris. Updated geothermal exploration methods for Nevada.  Symposium 2005, Window to the World; H.N. Rhoden, R.C. Steininger and P.G. Vickre, eds. Vol. II, Geological Society of Nevada, Reno/Sparks, Nevada. 2005.

2005

 

Coolbaugh, M., and Shevenell, L., 2004, A method for estimating undiscovered geothermal resources in Nevada and the Great Basin. Geothermal Resources Council Transactions, 28 (Best Paper Award), p. 13–18.

2004

Kratt, C., Calvin, W., and Coolbaugh, M., 2004, Geothermal exploration with hyperspectral data in the Carson Sink, Nevada: Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, 2004, IGARSS ’04, Proceedings. 2004 IEEE International v. 2, p. 1304-1306.

2004

Blewitt, G., Coolbaugh, M., Sawatzky, D., Holt, W., Davis, J., and Bennett, R., 2003, Targeting of potential geothermal resources in the Great Basin from regional to basin-scale relationships between geodetic strain and geological structures. Geothermal Resources Council Transaction27:  3-7.

2003

Coolbaugh, M.F., D.L. Sawatzky, G.L. Oppliger, T.B. Minor, G.L. Raines, L.A. Shevenell, G. Blewitt, and J.N. Louie, 2003, Geothermal GIS coverage of the Great Basin, USA; Defining regional controls and favorable exploration terrains. Geothermal Resources Transactions 27: 9-13.

2003

Shevenell, L., 2003,  Fiscal Year annual report to DOE  for the project “Expanding Geothermal Resource Utilization in Nevada through Directed Research and Public Outreach,” March 22-September 30, 2002, January 17, 2003, 4 p.

2003

Shevenell, L., and L. Garside, 2003, Geochemical sampling of thermal waters in Nevada. Geothermal Resources Council Transactions, 27: 27–31.

2003

Shevenell, L., and Garside, L., 2003, Thermal Waters of Nevada: Update of Bulletin 91. Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology CD-ROM containing interactive maps, site descriptions, detailed maps, photos, bibliography, and databases.

2003

Coolbaugh, M.F., 2003, The Prediction and Detection of Geothermal Systems at Regional and Local Scales in Nevada using a Geographic Information System, Spatial Statistics, and Thermal Infrared Imagery: Ph.D. dissertation, Reno, Nevada, University of Nevada, 172 pp.

2003

Arehart, G.B., Coolbaugh, M.F., and Poulson, S.R., 2002, Geochemical characterization of geothermal systems in the Great Basin: implications for exploration, exploitation, and environmental issues: Proceedings, Annual Meeting, Reno, NV, Sept. 22-25, 2002,

2002

Blewitt, G., Coolbaugh, M.F., Holt, W., Kreemer, C., Davis, J.L., and Bennett, R.A., 2002, Targeting of potential geothermal resources in the Great Basin from regional relationships between geodetic strain and geological structures: Geothermal Resources Council Transactions, v. 26, p. 523-525.

2002

Coolbaugh, M., Taranik, J., Raines, G., Shevenell, L., Sawatzky, D., Bedell, R., Minor, T., 2002, A geothermal GIS for Nevada: Defining regional controls and favorable exploration terrain for extensional geothermal systems. Geothermal Resources Council Transactions, 26: 485-490.

2002

Shevenell, L., Garside, L., Arehart, G., van Soest, M., and Kennedy, B.M., 2002, Geochemical sampling of thermal and nonthermal waters in Nevada to evaluate the potential for resource utilization. Geothermal Resources Council Transactions, v. 26, p. 501-505

2002

Shevenell, L., 1989, Preliminary evaluation of thermal and non-thermal waters at selected sites in Panama, Central America: Los Alamos National laboratory Report LA-11103-MS, 27 p. (English & Spanish versions).

1989

Shevenell, L., Goff, F., Vuataz, F.D., Trujillo, P.E., Jr., Counce, D., Janik, C.J., and Evans, W., 1987, Hydrogeochemical data for thermal and non-thermal waters and gases of the Valles caldera—Southern Jemez Mountains region, New Mexico: Los Alamos National Labratory, 53 p.

1987

Truesdell, A.H., Janik, C.J., Goff, F.E., Shevenell, L.A., Trujillo, P.E., Jr., Counce, D.A., Kennedy, B.M., and Paredes, J.R., 1987, The origin of thermal waters of Honduras and puzzling variations in spring chemistry: Proceedings of the Ninth New Zealand Workshop, 9 p.

1987

Shevenell, L., Goff, F., Grigsby, C.O., Janik, C.J., Trujillo, P.E., Jr., and Counce, D., 1987, Chemical and isotopic characteristics of thermal fluids in the Long Valley Caldera lateral flow system, California: Transactions of the Geothermal Research Council 11: 195-201.

1987

Goff, F., Grigsby, C.O., Shevenell, L., and Gutierrez, J.W., 1986, Geochemistry at Honduran geothermal sites: Los Alamos Science, Los Alamos National Laboratory, v. 14, p. 90–93.

1986

 

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