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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 65 (1981)

Issue: 5. (May)

First Page: 982

Last Page: 982

Title: Roosevelt Hot Springs, Utah Geothermal Resource--Integrated Case Study: ABSTRACT

Author(s): Howard P. Ross, Dennis L. Nielson, William E. Glenn

Article Type: Meeting abstract


The Roosevelt Hot Springs geothermal resource is located along the western margin of the Mineral Mountains, approximately 19 km northeast of Milford, in southwestern Utah. To date, seven producing wells have been drilled by Phillips Petroleum Co. and Thermal Power Co. Construction will soon begin on the first stage of a 120-megawatt power plant.

Detailed geologic mapping and the study of well logs and drill cuttings indicate that the geothermal reservoir is a fracture-controlled, liquid-dominated system. The host rocks of the reservoir are Precambrian metamorphic rocks and various Tertiary intrusives. The reservoir is mainly localized between the range front and an alluvial covered horst block, along which fluids have migrated to the surface forming an elongate north-trending dome of siliceous sinter. The reservoir is an area of high heat flow (over 1,000 mW/sq mi) and low near-surface electrical resistivity (less than 10 ohm-m). Aeromagnetic, gravity, and reflection seismic data help define the geologic structure within and around the alluvium covered reservoir. Trace element geochemistry shows that arsenic, lithium, and mer ury are enriched along fluid pathways of the geothermal system. Mercury concentrations greater than 20 ppb occur only at temperatures less than 225°C and reflect the present thermal configuration of the field.

The system was efficiently explored using detailed geologic mapping in combination with thermal gradient studies and dipole-dipole resistivity.

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