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Non-exclusive Projects

red square   Geothermal Studies

  • Permian Basin
  • Powder River Basin
  • Denver-Julesburg Basin
  • Gulf Coast Region
  • Great Basin Region

blue square   Gravity & Magnetic Interpretations

  • Gulf of Mexico
  • Caribbean
  • Brazil & Argentina
  • West Africa
  • East Africa
  • India


Non-exclusive Geothermal Studies

Bird Geophysical and Earthfield Technology, LLC are pleased to announce joint venture geothermal projects across the U.S. (study area outlines: dashed lines):

map of Permian, DJ, and Powder River Basins non-exclusive geothermal studies

We introduce The Magnetic Layer, which extends from the top of the crystalline crust (or basement) down to the Curie point depth. Curie point is the temperature at which rocks gain or lose magnetism. It generally ranges from 550 to 600°C and in depth it normally tracks the base of the crust (Moho), although it is commonly a little shallower beneath continents and a little deeper beneath oceans.

Download: Bird, D. E., Cathey, W. E., and Dowla, N., 2022, The Magnetic Layer in Powder River and Denver-Julesburg basins: a new crustal temperature constraint for estimating thermal properties in sedimentary basins: American Association of Petroleum Geologists & Society of Exploration Geophysicists, International Meeting for Applied Geoscience & Energy (IMAGE), NEF 2; click here.

The studies make use of Earthfield Technology’s high-resolution crystalline basement interpretations. Typical deliverables include:

These products are input variables for supervised machine learning analyses to predict heat flow and thermal conductivity.

map of Sabine 3D

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IN PROGRESS: Gulf Coast Basins Geothermal Study

map of Gulf Coast

This study area extends south from the Marathon-Balcones-Ouachita-Suwanee Suture zone (black stipple) to the heavy dashed line, and from Texas to Mississippi. Heat flow stations (red dots), residual Bouguer gravity anomalies (colored grid), Proterozoic basement terranes (blue/white polygons), after Whitmeyer and Karlstrom (2007, Geosphere), bathymetry contours (200 and 2500 m bsl), and Sabine Uplift study area (black box, 3D volumes shown above).

Download information sheet click here.

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West U.S., Great Basin Region, Geothermal Energy Study

Bird Geophysical and Earthfield Technology, LLC have applied their thermal study workflow to a regional area in the western U.S.

map of western U.S.

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Download: Bird, D. E., Dowla, N., and Cathey, W. E., 2023, Machine learning applications for predicting heat flow and thermal conductivity in northwest U.S.: Transactions, Geothermal Research Council, v. 47; click here.

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