NPGS Monthly Meeting—Thursday, May 3

Nevada Petroleum and Geothermal Society
Monthly Dinner Meeting
Thursday, May 3, 2018

SPEAKER:  Jason Craig, Geologist, Student, University of Nevada, Reno [advisor, Jim Faulds, NBMG]

TOPIC:  Discovery and Analysis of a Blind Geothermal System in Southern Gabbs Valley, Western Nevada

ABSTRACT: A systematic geothermal exploration program has been completed in southern Gabbs Valley as part of phase II of the DOE-funded Nevada play fairway project. Multiple geologic, geophysical, and geochemical data sets for the area have been integrated to characterize a potential blind geothermal system in the study area. A 7 km2 area with elevated 2-meter temperatures has been established in a complex structural setting at the intersection between Quaternary strike-slip and normal faults. Geothermometry of water samples taken 7 km northwest and down hydrologic gradient of the 2-meter temperature anomaly indicate subsurface temperatures of 130-140°C. Detailed gravity, magnetic, and magnetotelluric surveys provide controls on intrabasinal structure and support evidence for geothermal activity in the subsurface. Exploration of the system is ongoing and drilling of new temperature gradient holes is scheduled within the next few months to delineate the resource.

BIO: Jason grew up in Reno, Nevada and is the descendant of a family of geologists and miners. He spent his childhood exploring the rivers of the Sierra Nevada and the mountain ranges of the Great Basin, which instilled in him a deep passion for the outdoors and the natural sciences. Jason was a member of the U.S. Whitewater Kayaking Team for over a decade and won titles including Junior National Champion and World Champion. He earned his undergraduate degree in Geology from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2016. Jason is currently working towards completing his M.S. at the same institution in structural and geothermal geology later this year.

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

Cocktail Reception 6:30 PM; Dinner Served at 7:00 PM

Sponsored by Ormat Technologies

NPGS Members $25-$28; Non-Members $30-$33; Students $15

RSVP for the May Dinner Meeting by Tuesday, May 1, with the following link:

If you must cancel your reservation, please contact:
Jake Zachry,


Tom Gallagher,

Upcoming Meeting Dates:
Trexler Memorial Field Trip
Sep 7-10, 2018
More information will follow soon.

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