Montserrat geothermal system: A 3D conceptual model
Article first published online: 31 MAY 2013
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Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 40, Issue 10, pages 2038–2043, 28 May 2013
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2013), Montserrat geothermal system: A 3D conceptual model, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, 2038–2043, doi:10.1002/grl.50489., , , and (
- Issue published online: 1 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 31 MAY 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 19 APR 2013 04:51PM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 18 APR 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 17 APR 2013
- Manuscript Received: 5 MAR 2013
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 We constructed a three-dimensional conceptual model of a geothermal system on the Caribbean island of Montserrat. The model was generated using magnetotelluric resistivity data, earthquake hypocenter data, and a three-dimensional P wave velocity model, all plotted using a shared geographical reference. The results of the study suggest a high-temperature fracture-controlled geothermal system at the intersection of two faults in the SW of the island. We also present a “prospectivity index” map that represents a proxy of the spatial variation in harvestable heat flux at 1500 m depth. The index is the product of relative permeability around modeled faults and a proxy for the subsurface temperature calculated using P wave velocity anomalies.