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Low-temperature geothermal assessment of the Jordan Valley, Salt Lake County, Utah (RI-185)


By: R. H. Klauk

The Utah Geological and Mineral Survey (UGMS) has been conducting research to identify low-temperature geothermal resources. This report, which is part of an area-wide geothermal research program along the Wasatch Front, is the culmination of the study conducted in the Jordan Valley, Salt Lake County, Utah.

Two known low-temperature geothermal areas (Warm Springs fault and Crystal Hot Springs) are located in the Jordan Valley, but the primary purpose of this report is to locate other low-temperature resources not previously identified. Geothermal reconnaissance techniques utilized in this study include a temperature survey and chemical analysis of wells and springs, and temperature-depth measurements in holes of opportunity. Also, further site specific gravity modeling for the Warm Springs fault geothermal area and initial modeling for the entire valley were also conducted.

Areas identified as having potential low-temperature geothermal resources at depth are: (1) the north-central valley area; (2) an east-west portion of the central valley; and (3) a north-south oriented area extending from Draper to Midvale. Each of these areas exhibits ground-water temperatures 20ºC or greater. Each area also has thermal wells with common ion characteristics similar to both Crystal Hot Springs and the Warm Springs fault geothermal systems. Significant concentrations of Sr, Li, B, and F are present in many of these wells.

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Published: 1984
Pages: 160 p.
Plates: 5 pl.
Location: Salt Lake County
Media Type: Paper Publication

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