MAGMA ENERGY (U.S.) CORP.
The objective of this project is to verify a new structural geologic concept related to hosting of a blind geothermal resource at the McCoy geothermal area in the prolific north-central Nevada geothermal province. Such a model has transferability to other geographic locations in the province. This project is based on four-years of work conducted by Amax Exploration, Inc., from 1978 until 1982 and funded in the main by the U.S. Department of Energy geothermal office.
Mapping geologic structures and understanding the mechanics of such features is a key element of exploration programs that seek to define and characterize modern and fossil hydrothermal systems. Heat sources, fluids, and fractures (permeability) are essential elements of all geothermal systems and by definition must be the focus of exploration efforts. In the case of blind geothermal systems such as McCoy, there is the added challenge of characterizing these elements absent of substantial surface manifestations and structural setting models that can provide invaluable information regarding the hidden resource.