Nevada Petroleum and Geothermal Society Monthly Dinner Meeting: Thursday, March 1, 2018

  Emma McConville, Graduate Student, Geologist, UNR, Reno, NV
TOPIC:  Applications of the Play Fairway Analysis for Geothermal Systems in Crescent Valley, Eureka County, Nevada
ABSTRACT: Crescent Valley received one of the highest favorability scores in phase I of the DOE-sponsored Nevada play fairway analysis project and was therefore selected for detailed study in phase II. As part of the detailed study, geological, geochemical, and geophysical data were collected, synthesized, and analyzed to identify favorable structural settings for geothermal fluids in the basin. A total of nine favorable structural settings were identified. Two host known geothermal systems, and six could potentially host blind geothermal systems. In phase II a predictive geothermal potential model was conducted for each favorable structural setting. The highest-ranking areas in Crescent Valley are in the Dann Hot Springs step-over (relay ramp), followed by the two northern step-overs along the Cortez Mountains front, as well as a fault intersection at Hot Springs Point.

BIO: Emma McConville – Graduate Student, Geologist – UNR, Reno, NV
Emma was born in Barcelona, Spain and grew up throughout Latin America. When she was twelve years old she visited El Tatio Geysers in Chile and immediately became fascinated with geothermal energy and energy policy. In 2012 her interests landed her at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA, where she double majored and earned a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). After college, she worked at Endeavor Mexico as a Fulbright Scholar where she started the Endeavor Investor Network and coordinated the largest international private investment event in Mexico to date. Emma had the opportunity to explore the corners of Mexico and her travels reignited her love of the outdoors and geology. In 2013 she decided to refocus her career path and become a geologist. Emma earned a B.S. from the University of Maryland in College Park, MD where she was chosen to be the student speaker for the commencement ceremony for the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. During her time at the University of Maryland she interned at the Geothermal Energy Association, was awarded the NAGT-USGS internship in Menlo Park, CA, and was the coordinator of Girls Excelling in Math and Science, an afternoon program geared towards encouraging middle school girls to take an interest in STEM. In 2016, Emma began her graduate studies under the guidance of Jim Faulds and plans to earn her M.Sc. in Geology this upcoming summer. Emma has been offered a position as a geologist at ExxonMobil and will be moving to Houston, TX after completing her studies.

LOCATION: Tamarack Junction, Reno, NV
13101 S. Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89511

Cocktail Reception 6:30 PM; Dinner Served at 7:00 PM
NPGS Members $25-$28; Non-Members $30-$33; Students $15

Please use this link to RSVP by Tuesday, Feb 27:

If you must cancel your reservation, please contact Jake Zachry, or Tom Gallagher,

Upcoming Meeting Dates:

Thursday, April 5
Vincent Ramirez, 3PL Operating, Inc.
Lake Livada and Other Lithium Exploration Activities in Nevada

Thursday, May 3
Jason Craig, UNR
Gabbs Valley – Blind Geothermal Prospect

Leave a Reply