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Master of Science (MS)
The area studied in this thesis was assessed based on the analysis of a water sample collected from the exploratory well USU Camas-1. The water sample was characterized and compared to other water samples collected and analyzed during a previous phase of this project according to its water chemistry.
Lithologic, geophysical, and temperature logs were also used to assess the study area. The depth sensitive data was analyzed to determine the characteristics of the formation as they relate to the favorable parameters of a geothermal resource, those being permeability of the subsurface, heat, and the presence of a clay seal.
The analyses suggest that USU Camas-1 falls short of being a high-temperature resource capable of generating electricity efficiently. However, temperatures are high enough for the resource to be developed as a low-temperature asset that could be utilized to heat buildings in the area.
Smith, Connor J., "Evaluation of the Geothermal Potential of the Camas Prairie, South-Central Idaho" (2022). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations, Spring 1920 to Summer 2023. 8532.
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