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We apply a new method to target potential geothermal resources on the regional scale in the Great Basin by seeking relationships between geologic structures and GPS-geodetic observations of regional tectonic strain. First, we establish a theoretical basis for understanding how the rate of fracture opening can be related to the directional trend of faults(More)
[1] We report on precipitable water vapor (PWV) from a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver and surface meteorological network during the 2004 North American Monsoon Experiment (NAME) in northwestern Mexico. The monsoon onset is evident as a large PWV increase over several days beginning July 1. Data in the Sierra Madre Occidental (SMO) foothills reveal(More)
Crust at many divergent plate boundaries forms primarily by the injection of vertical sheet-like dykes, some tens of kilometres long. Previous models of rifting events indicate either lateral dyke growth away from a feeding source, with propagation rates decreasing as the dyke lengthens, or magma flowing vertically into dykes from an underlying source, with(More)
[1] A dense, continuous GPS network was established in the Yucca Mountain area in 1999 to provide the most reliable measurements possible of geodetic strain patterns across the nation's only proposed permanent repository for high-level radioactive waste. The network lies astride a boundary between the geodetically stable central Great Basin and the active(More)
We report on an initial assessment of a new method to target potential geothermal resources on the regional scale. The method is based on seeking relationships between geologic structures and geodetic observations of regional tectonic strain. The working hypothesis is that geothermal plumbing systems might in some regions be controlled by fault planes(More)
We collected data from a transect of continuous Global Positioning System (GPS) sites across the eastern Basin and Range province at latitude 39 • N from 1997–2000. Intersite velocities define a region ∼350 km wide of broadly distributed strain accumulation at ∼10 nstr yr −1. On the western margin of the region, site EGAN, ∼10 km north of Ely, Nevada, moved(More)