Snake River Plain FORGE Site Characterization Data

The site characterization data used to develop the conceptual geologic model for the Snake River Plain site in Idaho, as part of phase 1 of the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) initiative. This collection includes data on seismic events, groundwater, geomechanical models, gravity surveys, magnetics, resistivity, magnetotellurics (MT), rock physics, stress, the geologic setting, and supporting documentation, including several papers. Also included are 3D models (Petrel and Jewelsuite) of the proposed site.

Data for wells INEL-1, WO-2, and USGS-142 have been included as links to separate data collections.

These data have been assembled by the Snake River Geothermal Consortium (SRGC), a team of collaborators that includes members from national laboratories, universities, industry, and federal agencies, lead by the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). Other contributors include the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CEAS), the University of Idaho, Idaho State University, Boise State University, University of Wyoming, University of Oklahoma, Energy and Geoscience Institute-University of Utah, US Geothermal, Baker Hughes
Campbell Scientific Inc., Chena Power, US Geological Survey (USGS), Idaho Department of Water Resources, Idaho Geological Survey, and Mink GeoHydro.
- Originated 04/18/2016 by Idaho National Laboratory.

53 Resources

 NameSizeTypeResource Description
 Snake River Geothermal Consortium WebsitewebsiteSnake River Geothermal Consortium (SRGC) website with info on EGS, the eastern Snake River Plain, FORGE, and related news and events.
 Well Data for USGS-142otherCollection of data on the USGS-142 well amassed by the SRGC for Snake River Plain FORGE.
 Well Data for WO-2otherCollection of data on the WO-2 well amassed by the SRGC for Snake River Plain FORGE.
 Well Data for INEL-1otherCollection of data on the INEL-1 well amassed by the SRGC for Snake River Plain FORGE.
 Moos and Barton 1990 paper on stress and natural fracturing.pdf57025828image_documentPaper characterizing stress and natural fracturing on the INEL site. Moos and Barton, 1990. "In-situ Stress and Natural Fracturing at the INEL Site", Idaho_EGG-NPR-10631
 Morse 2000 Thesis INL site characteristics paperimage_documentPaper detailing SRP characteristics including detailed information on several wells in the INL area, including INEL-1, WO-2, and USGS-142. "Basalt alteration and authigenic mineralization near the effective base of the SRP aquifer at the INEEL, Idaho." by Lee H. Morse.
 Payne at all 2008 snake river plain strain rates paperwebsite"Strain rates and contemporary deformation in the Snake River Plain and surrounding Basin and Range from GPS and seismicity", Suzette J. Payne, Robert McCaffrey and Robert W. King, 2008.
 Furlong 1979 analytical stress model paperwebsite"An analytic stress model applied to the Snake River Plain (Northern Basin and Range province U.S.A.)" Kevin P. Furlong, 1979.
 INL Seismic Monitoring 2010 Annual Report - UNAVAILABLEimage_documentSee "INL Seismic Monitoring 2010 Annual Report" below for corrected link
 INL Seismic Monitoring 2011 Annual Report - UNAVAILABLEimage_documentSee "INL Seismic Monitoring 2011 Annual Report" below for corrected link
 INL Seismic Monitoring 2012 Annual Report - UNAVAILABLEimage_documentSee "INL Seismic Monitoring 2012 Annual Report" below for corrected link
 INL Seismic Monitoring stations.pdf425084image_mapMap shows the locations of INL seismic stations and stations monitored by INL that are operated by other institutions in the eastern Snake River Plain.
 INL Seismic events 1972 - 2012.pdf421444image_mapMap of seismic events on the eastern Snake River Plain between Jan. 1st, 1972 and Dec. 31st, 2012.
 INL Seismic events 2012.pdf419469image_mapMap of seismic events on the eastern Snake River Plain between Jan. 1st and Dec. 31st, 2012.
 INL Seismic events 2011.pdf442169image_mapMap of seismic events on the eastern Snake River Plain between Jan. 1st and Dec. 31st, 2011.
 Grana et al 2016 SGW paper on Rock Physics Modeling Snake River Plain FORGEimage_documentGrana et al, 2016. "Rock Physics Modeling for the Potential FORGE Site on the Eastern Snake River Plain, Idaho" by Dario Grana, Sumit Verma, and Robert Podgorney, at the 2016 Stanford Geothermal Workshop.
 Anders et al 2014 paper on geologic history of Snake River PlainwebsiteAnders et al, 2014. "A fixed sublithospheric source for the late Neogene track of the Yellowstone hotspot: Implications of the Heise and Picabo volcanic fields"
 DeNosaquo et al 2009 paper on Snake River Plain density modelswebsiteDeNosaquo et al, 2009. "Density and lithospheric strength models of the Yellowstone–Snake River Plain volcanic system from gravity and heat flow data." The structure and composition of the Yellowstone–Snake River Plain (YSRP) volcanic system were analyzed using gravity data taken at over 30,000 stations in the YSRP and surrounding region.
 Leeman et al 2008 paper on Snake River Plain - Yellowstone volcanismwebsiteLeeman et al, 2008. "Snake River Plain - Yellowstone silicic volcanism: implications for magma genesis and magma fluxes"
 Leeman et al 2009 paper on thermal structure beneath Snake River PlainwebsiteWilliam Leeman, Derek Schutt, and Scott Hughes, 2009. "Thermal structure beneath the Snake River Plain: Implications for the Yellowstone hotspot."
 McCurry et al SGW 2016 paper on geologic setting of INL Geothermal Research Areaimage_documentMcCurry et al, 2016. "Geologic Setting of the Idaho National Laboratory Geothermal Resource Research Area." From the 2016 Stanford Geothermal Workshop. The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has designated ~100 km2 of the Eastern Snake River Plain (ESRP), along the track of the Yellowstone Hot Spot, as a Geothermal Resource Research Area (GRRA).
 McQuarrie et al 1998 paper on Snake River Plain volcanic basinimage_documentNadine McQuarrie and David Rogers, 1998. "Subsidence of a volcanic basin by flexure and crustal flow: The eastern Snake River Plain, Idaho."
 Podgorney et al 2013 GRC paper on EGS potential of the ESRP.pdf1388978image_documentPodgorney et al, 2013. "Enhanced Geothermal system Potential for sites on the Eastern snake river Plain, Idaho." from the 37th Geothermal Resource Council Annual Meeting. The Snake River volcanic province overlies a thermal anomaly that extends deep into the mantle and represents one of the highest heat flow provinces in North America...
 Podgorney et al 2016 SGW Overview of Snake River Plain FORGE Siteimage_documentPodgorney et al, 2016. "A Snake River Plain Field Laboratory for Enhanced Geothermal Systems: An Overview of the Snake River Geothermal Consortium’s Proposed FORGE Site." from the 41st Stanford Geothermal Workshop.
 Rodgers et al 2002 paper on extension in Eastern Snake River Plainimage_documentRodgers et al, 2002. "Extension and Subsidence of the Eastern Snake River Plain, Idaho." The deformational history of the eastern Snake River Plain (SRP) is interpreted from rocks, structures, and landforms within and adjacent to it. Crustal extension is manifested by west-dipping normal faults that define a halfgraben fault style along the north and south margins of the plain.
 Smith et al 1996 paper on extensional structures and volcanic terrainswebsiteSmith et al, 1996. "Paleoseismology and seismic hazards evaluations in extensional volcanic terrains." Extensional structures in volcanic terrains are the surface expression of shallow dike intrusion and can be misinterpreted as structures associated with major tectonic faults...
 Bakshi et al 2016 SGW paper on geomechanical characterization of SRP FORGE coreimage_documentBakshi et al, 2016. "Geomechanical Characterization of Core from the Proposed FORGE Laboratory on the Eastern Snake River Plain, Idaho." from the 41st Stanford Geothermal Workshop. This paper presents the results of a geomechanical characterization of cores from a well in the Eastern Snake River Plain, Idaho, near the proposed site for a FORGE EGS Laboratory.
 Dobson et al 2015 SGW paper on undiscovered geothermal systems in SRPimage_documentDobson et al, 2015. "He Isotopic Evidence for Undiscovered Geothermal Systems in the Snake River Plain." from the 40th Stanford Geothermal Workshop.
 McLing et al 2002 Chemical characteristics of thermal water beneath ESRP.pdf2125610image_documentMcLing et al, 2002. "Chemical characteristics of thermal water beneath the eastern Snake River Plain." The eastern Snake River Plain aquifer is among the largest and most productive aquifers in the United States. doi: 10.1130/0-8137-2353-1.205
 Plummer et al 2016 SGW paper modeling heat flow in ESRP aquiferimage_documentPlummer et al, 2016. "Modeling Heat Flow in the Eastern Snake River Plain Aquifer." from the 41st Stanford Geothermal Workshop. The Eastern Snake River Plain (ESRP) in southern Idaho is a region with significant potential as a geothermal energy resource...
 Welhan et al 2016 SGW paper on thermal and geochemical anomalies in the ERSPimage_documentWelhan et al, 2016. "Thermal and Geochemical Anomalies in the Eastern Snake River Plain Aquifer: Contributions to a Conceptual Model of the Proposed FORGE Test Site." from the 41st Stanford Geothemal Workshop. Data from the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Water Information System (NWIS) database reveal the existence of a number of thermally anomalous areas on the eastern Snake River Plain (ESRP) aquifer, most of them near its margins, and NWIS temperature and chemistry data provided conclusive evidence that thermal waters originating in the hot rhyolitic rocks underlying the ESRP basalts inject heat and solute mass into the overlying ESRP aquifer.
 McLing at al 2016 paper on wellbore and groundwater temp distribution in ESRPimage_documentMcLing et al, 2016. "Wellbore and Groundwater Temperature Distribution Eastern Snake River Plain, Idaho: Implications for Groundwater Flow and Geothermal Potential." A map of groundwater temperatures from the Eastern Snake River Plain (ESRP) regional aquifer can be used to identify and interpret important features of the aquifer, including aquifer flow direction, aquifer thickness, and potential geothermal anomalies. The ESRP is an area of high heat flow, yet most of this thermal energy fails to reach the surface, due to the heat being swept downgradient by the aquifer to the major spring complexes near Thousand Springs, ID, a distance of 300 km.
 Snake River Plain well heads.xlsx16651dataA list of well heads in the proposed FORGE site area of the Eastern Snake River Plain. The spreadsheet contains names, coordinates, target depth, and elevation for each of the well heads.
 Isostatic Residual Gravity ESRP.png1564075image_mapRaster map showing the isostaic residual gravity of the eastern Snake River Plain from the Idaho Department of Water Resources.
 Mabey 1978 paper on gravity and magnetic anomalies in the ESRP.pdf4237098image_documentMabey, 1978. "Regional gravity and magnetic anomalies in the eastern Snake River Plain, Idaho." from the Journal of Research of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
 Magnetics ESRP.png1798583image_mapRaster map of NRM Aero magnetics of the Easter Snake River Plain
 Wannamaker et al 2016 paper on re-inversion of MT data over SRP FORGE.doc1103872text_documentPhillip Wannamaker and Virginie Maris, 2016. "Re-Inversion of Long-Period MT Data over the Eastern Snake River Plain, Idaho, In Support of Phase I of the Idaho National Laboratory FORGE Project." Paper outlines a powerful new MT inversion technique based on deformable edge finite elements and all direct solvers, applied to the ESRP in support of the Snake River FORGE project.
 Resistivity section SRP Zohdy and Stanley 1973.pdf755538image_documentZohdy and Stanley, 1973. "Preliminary Interpretation of Electrical Sounding Curves Obtained Across the Snake River Plain from Blackfoot to Arco, Idaho." Original report, contains raw sounding curves.
 Resistivity map SRP Zohdy and Stanley 1973.pdf5056620image_mapMap of data points from Zohdy and Stanley 1973 resisitivty survey of the Snake River Plain from Blackfoot to Arco, Idaho.
 Resistivity data SRP Zohdy and Stanley 1973.pdf7354352image_chartGeoelectric section across the Snake River Plain from Blackfoot to Arco, Idaho, from Zohdy and Stanley 1973.
 Panakratz and Ackerman 1982 paper on Seismic Refraction of SRPwebsitePanakrazt and Ackerman, 1982. "Structure along the northwest edge of the Snake River Plain interpreted from seismic refraction."
 Peng and Humphreys 1998 paper on crustal velocity structure of SRPimage_documentPeng and Humphreys, 1998. "Crustal velocity structure across the eastern Snake River Plain and the Yellowstone swell."
 Smith et al 1978 paper on Snake River Plain seismic profiling experimentwebsiteSmith et al, 1978. "Yellowstone-Eastern Snake River Plain Seismic Profiling Experiment: Crustal structure of the Yellowstone Region and experiment design."
 Sparlin et al 1982 paper on Crustal structure of the Snake River Plainimage_documentSparlin et al, 1982. "Crustal structure of the Eastern Snake River Plain determined from ray trace modeling of seismic refraction data."
 3D Petrel no outflow model.zip16567166archive3D model of the INL site. Original Petrel model, no outflow.
 3D Petrel outflow model.zip16615819archive3D Model of the INL site. Original Petrel outflow model.
 3D-JewelSuite-Model1.wrl.zip258799788archive3d Model of the INL site. Model 1 shows a system of nested calderas directly beneath the GRRA and is based largely on correlations of rhyolitic deposits in the mountains north of the ESRP and worldwide relationships between caldera subsidence, diameter, and eruptive volumes. In this model, the boundary between the volcanics and the Paleozoic rocks is steep (~40 to 80 degrees) and the thickness of the volcanic units increases rapidly with distance from the range front.
 3D-JewelSuite-Model2.wrl.zip281310019archive3D model of the INL site. Model 2 shows the same system of calderas shifted to the south, beyond the boundaries of the GRRA. Here we assume that the boundary between volcanics and Paleozoic rocks is defined by a flexural surface that was formed in response to the emplacement of a dense mid-crustal sill beneath the ESRP. This model is supported by the attitudes of ancient fold hinges within the mountains north of the plain. Fold hinges near the boundary of the plain plunge towards the plain at around 30 degrees. North of the plain, the plunge angles decrease in a more or less uniform manner. Thus, in this model, the base of the volcanic system is defined by a planar feature dipping 30 degrees to the south.
 3D Model snapshot no outflow.png176699imageA snapshot of the INL site 3D model from JewelSuite showing progressively younger stratigraphic surfaces of the two structural grids derived from the no outflow scenario.
 3D model snapshot outflow.png199436imageJewelSuite showing progressively younger stratigraphic surfaces of the two structural grids derived from the outflow scenario.
 INL Seismic Monitoring 2010 Annual Reportimage2010 annual report detailing seismic events in the Snake River Plain and within a 100 mile radius of the Idaho National Lab (Intended to supplement the broken link associated with "INL Seismic Monitoring 2010 Annual Report - UNAVAILABLE")
 INL Seismic Monitoring 2011 Annual Reportimage2011 annual report detailing seismic events in the Snake River Plain and within a 100 mile radius of the Idaho National Lab (Intended to substitute the broken link in "INL Seismic Monitoring 2011 Annual Report - UNAVAILABLE")
 INL Seismic Monitoring 2012 Annual Reportimage2012 annual report detailing seismic events in the Snake River Plain and within a 100 mile radius of the Idaho National Lab (Intended to substitute the broken link in "INL Seismic Monitoring 2012 Annual Report - UNAVAILABLE")

Keywords

geothermal FORGE EGS SRGC Snake River Plain Idaho site characterization site data geologic model geomechanical model well data temp supplemental addendum 3D model rock physics INEL-1 WO-2 USGS-142 website events information blog data collection paper stress INEL site strian rates deformation analytical model INL Seismic Monitoring Annual report map seismic modeling geologic history setting sublithospheric Neogene Yellowstone Heise Picabo volcanic field voncanic gravity heat flow caldera volcanism mantle plume oceanic hotspot magmatism GRRA ESRP Eastern Snake River Plain basin potential site extension subsidence paleoseismology extensional structures intrusion tectonic faults geomechanical characterization He helium isotope isotopic evidence Undiscovered Geothermal Systems ERSP aquifer thermal water modeling thermal geochemical anomalies conceptual model wellbore groundwater temperature distribution well heads TD target depth location coordinates elevation residual isostatic magnetic USGS magnetics NRM Eastern MT inversion long-period Phase 1 Resistivity electrical sounding geoelectric section refraction survey teleseismic receiver profiling experiment refraction ray trace 3D volcanics Paleozoic rhyolitic Petrel JewelSuite fold hinges snapshot

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Idaho National Laboratory. (2016). Snake River Plain FORGE Site Characterization Data [data set]. Retrieved from https://gdr.openei.org/submissions/793. https://dx.doi.org/10.15121/1287564

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793
DOI 10.15121/1287564
status Publicly accessible
last updated 6 months ago

DOE Project

EE0007159 Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy: Snake River Plain, ID

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