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Helium in fumarole and well gases as an index of long-term geothermal potential

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Title:Helium in fumarole and well gases as an index of long-term geothermal potential
Authors:Naughton, John J.
Thomas, Donald M.
Keywords:exploration
research
air quality
fumarole
helium
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LC Subject Headings:Geothermal resources--Hawaii
Geothermal resources--Periodicals
Geothermal engineering--Periodicals
Geothermal power plants--Periodicals
Renewable energy sources--Oceania--Periodicals
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Energy conservation--Oceania--Periodicals
Transactions (Geothermal Resources Council)
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Date Issued:1978
Publisher:Geothermal Resources Council
Citation:Naughton JJ, Thomas D. 1978. Helium in fumarole and well gases as an index of long-term geothermal potential. Geothermal Resources Council Transactions. 2: 479-481.
Series:H. I. G. Contributor No. 885
Transactions (Geothermal Resources Council)
Abstract:We have used fumaroles and degassing vents around Kilauea volcano as models of producing geothermal areas. Excess helium has been found in gases from fumaroles characterized by long-term activity, and is absent in gases from short-lived hot spots, from dry vents or fissures formed by recent activity, and from old degassed lava lakes. From this it is inferred that the absence of helium in gases from geothermal areas would indicate that they receive heat from a limited magma body, and would be expected to yield extractable heat for only a comparatively short period. The geothermal well at Puna, Hawaii, has given positive helium indications.
Pages/Duration:3 pages
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/21074
Appears in Collections: HIGP Miscellaneous Documents
The Geothermal Collection


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