GEOTHERMAL PLAY FAIRWAY ANALYSIS OF THE SOU HILLS, CENTRAL NEVADA
Our analysis of the Sou Hills utilized: 1) detailed geologic mapping of ~60 km2, 2) reconnaissance mapping of >200 km2, 3) analysis of Quaternary faults, 4) detailed logging of 4 wells (~2,000 m) and integration of ~5,500 m of existing logs from 9 other wells, 5) a new gravity survey (355 stations), 6) LiDAR acquisition for 290 km2, 7) a shallow temperature survey (82 stations), 8) interpretation of 7 seismic reflection profiles, 9) slip & dilation tendency analyses, and 10) geochemical analyses of 23 water samples. Integration of these data sets shows that the structural framework comprises a major accommodation zone between oppositely-dipping Quaternary fault systems in the central Nevada seismic belt. As such, the area is characterized by multiple, closely-spaced, W- and E-dipping normal faults. Seismic reflection and gravity data show an extensional anticline in northernmost Dixie Valley directly south of the Sou Hills. The anticline marks a zone of multiple intersecting, oppositely dipping normal faults. Many Quaternary faults in the area have ruptured in the past 15 to 130 ka and have slip rates ranging from 0.01 to 0.3 mm/yr. Together, these data suggest several discrete, favorable structural targets for geothermal resources in the Sou Hills area, including fault step overs, the extensional anticline, and fault intersections.