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KIG Fault diagram

Exploring for fault-hosted geothermal systems using low temperature thermochronology and thermo-kinematic modeling

Geothermal energy serves a critical role in the transition to a carbon-free energy future.  A major uncertainty when exploring for naturally occurring geothermal systems is whether an active fault mapped at the surface is permeable at depth and is acting as an upwards pathway for hydrothermal fluids. Tools that can assess the fluid flow history and the present behavior of  faults prior to drilling are therefore critical to reducing risk and accelerating geothermal development. Funded by the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy at Stanford University and Zanskar Geothermal and Minerals Inc.