WorldWide Drilling Resource

17 JUNE 2022 WorldWide Drilling Resource® Locating Geothermal and Mineral Resources at the Salton Sea Adapted from Information by the U.S. Department of Energy In an effort to increase geothermal energy deployment in the U.S., the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have joined forces for the GeoFlight: Salton Trough initiative. Through this collaboration, researchers will work to collect data on hidden geothermal systems in California’s Imperial Valley including the geothermally active Salton Sea area. Using specially equipped, low-flying aircraft, researchers will survey the Salton Trough area. The tools being used will actively capture airborne magnetic and radiometric data to help identify unique surface and near-surface characteristics creating more accurate geologic maps for the area. Understanding these characteristics is essential for geothermal exploration and development. Additionally, the USGS, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management and Natural Resources Conservation Service, will be conducting a high-altitude airborne lidar survey over the area. The geophysical data gathered in the Salton Trough will help identify potential geothermal resources while also monitoring earthquake and flood hazards, groundwater, mineral deposits, and conservation areas. It may even be useful in identifying and recovering lithium deposits, a valuable resource crucial to domestic high-tech manufacturing, especially electric vehicle and grid storage batteries and components. Lithium is on the critical minerals list, which is defined as a nonfuel mineral or mineral material essential to the economic or national security of the U.S. GeoFlight builds on the Geophysical Data Acquisition in Western Nevada (GeoDAWN) project cosponsored by GTO and USGS. The GeoDAWN project also used specially equipped aircraft to survey the Walker Lane region along the Nevada-California border, targeting geothermal prospects and mineral resources. Once collected, the data will be analyzed and used to produce publicly available maps and datasets. The GeoFlight: Salton Trough initiative, and others like it, will provide the data support necessary for regional and local communities to make informed decisions about the direction of their future energy and mineral resource plans. USGS photo of mud volcanoes along the edge of the Salton Sea; these formations are a sign of subsurface geothermal activity. GEO For more information call: (270) 786-3010 or visit us online: All New! Atlantis-Pro Vault • Traffic-Rated Capable • Simple installation • Trouble-free operation