• Did You Know … the story of the snake, the fish, and the toad?

    Did You Know … the story of the snake, the fish, and the toad?

    Did you know… the story of the 'hot' snake, the fish, and the toad? Tucked away in different corners of the planet, there are animals with unique adaptations that allow them to thrive in some rather surprising environments. Despite the extreme conditions and challenges, certain species are even able to make hot waters their permanent… Read More »
  • Did You Know … you could have a swig of geothermal rum in the near future?

    Did You Know … you could have a swig of geothermal rum in the near future?

    Did you know ... that you could have a swig of geothermal rum in the near future? In Cornwall, United Kingdom, Matthew Clifford has big dreams to start up a rum distillery powered solely by the natural geothermal resources. Alcohol distillation takes up a lot of energy, so Clifford decided that he would attempt to… Read More »
  • Did You Know … that Scottish clubbers use dance beat to generate heat

    Did You Know … that Scottish clubbers use dance beat to generate heat

    Did you know ... that Scottish clubbers use dance beat to generate heat? In Glasgow, Scotland, dancers are taking “the heat beneath their feet” to a whole new level. An innovative technology is able to harness the energy produced by dancing clubbers and turn it into a way to heat the building. The SWG3 nightclub… Read More »
  • Word of the Week – District Heating

    Word of the Week – District Heating

    District heating A scheme for distributing centrally produced thermal energy via a network of pipes to heat residential and commercial buildings. Such schemes are energy efficient and ideally suited for utilizing geothermal resources. Read More »
  • Word of the Week – PDC Bit

    Word of the Week – PDC Bit

    PDC bit A drill bit used for drilling rock in oil, gas and geothermal wells. PDC stands for polycrystalline diamond compacts, which are inserted as cutters in substitute of hardened metal teeth typical of roller cone bits. Read More »
  • Word of the Week – Steam-heated Water

    Word of the Week – Steam-heated Water

    Steam-heated water A shallow formed water resulting from condensation of steam into groundwater accompanied by absorption of carbon dioxide to form a bicarbonate water or by absorption of H2S that oxidizes to sulfate to produce an acid-sulfate water. Read More »
  • Word of the Week – Heat Exchanger

    Word of the Week – Heat Exchanger

    Heat Exchanger A system by which heat is transferred from one media (solid or fluid) to another with applications in heating and cooling. They are used in geothermal binary power plants and cooling towers. Read More »
  • Word of the Week – Chlorite

    Word of the Week – Chlorite

    Chlorite A micaceous mineral that is commonly green-colored, composed of iron and/or magnesium, and forms due to hydrothermal alteration of amphiboles, pyroxenes, and feldspars. Read More »
  • Word of the Week – Breccia

    Word of the Week – Breccia

    Breccia Angular to sub-angular fragments of broken rock that are cemented together that are highly permeable and form on the surface due to sedimentary or igneous processes or in fault zones. Read More »
  • Word of the Week – Hydrothermal Eruption

    Word of the Week – Hydrothermal Eruption

    Hydrothermal Eruption Rare explosive discharge of hot water and steam that is powerful enough to excavate a crater and lift rock fragments and its pulverized equivalents into the air to produce an apron deposit around the eruption vent. Read More »
  • Word of the Week – Geochemical Tracer

    Word of the Week – Geochemical Tracer

    Geochemical Tracer An environmentally benign chemical that is injected to trace fluid movement through the geothermal reservoir and that can be easily detected in produced hot fluid. Read More »
  • Word of the Week – Stable Isotopes

    Word of the Week – Stable Isotopes

    Stable Isotopes Refers to non-radioactive isotopes of elements, including those of oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, sulfur, and nitrogen. In geothermal geochemistry, the stable isotope ratios of oxygen (18O/16O) and hydrogen (2H/1H) in thermal waters are used to trace its origin (e.g., meteoric, magmatic). Read More »
  • Did You Know … there is a mystical reason to travel to Monroe, Utah

    Did You Know … there is a mystical reason to travel to Monroe, Utah

      Did you know… there is a mystical reason to travel to Monroe, Utah – the Mystic Hot Springs! The Mystic Hot Springs are naturally occurring geothermal pools in Central Utah, about a three hour drive south from Salt Lake City. They have been used ever since the Indigenous People, including the Ute, Piute and… Read More »
  • Word of the Week – Tephra

    Word of the Week – Tephra

    Tephra Airborne particles of rock and ash produced by an explosive volcanic eruption. Tephra commonly deposits as a blanket that drapes over the underlying topography. Read More »
  • Word of the Week – Lava Flow

    Word of the Week – Lava Flow

    Lava Flow A product of an erupting volcanic cone or fissure made up of liquid molten rock that flows downhill and eventually solidifies due to cooling. Read More »
  • Word of the Week – Transcurrent Fault (Strike-Slip Fault)

    Word of the Week – Transcurrent Fault (Strike-Slip Fault)

    Transcurrent Fault (Strike-Slip Fault) Vertically dipping fault that results from horizontal shear stress. Slip movement during an earthquake is sideways rather than up or down. Read More »
  • Word of the Week – Normal Fault

    Word of the Week – Normal Fault

    Normal Fault High angle fault that results from extensional stress and forms a steeply dipping planar structure. Slip movement during an earthquake is vertical and down dip. The down-dropped block is called the hanging wall and the uplifted block is called the footwall. Read More »
  • Geothermal Webinar Series V1

    Geothermal Webinar Series V1

    Introduction to Fervo Energy - a next-generation geothermal development company Fervo is applying proven technologies from the unconventional oil and gas sector, such as horizontal drilling, multistage completions, and fiber optic diagnostics, to improve reservoir performance and lower the cost of geothermal energy. Over the last several years, we have deployed our technology at the… Read More »
  • At the Core 11th Edition (October 2022)

    At the Core 11th Edition (October 2022)

    Keep up to date on what is going on at Utah FORGE. Read about it in the quarterly newsletter. SUBSCRIBE and receive updates and special announcements.   Open and download a pdf version at-the-core-october-2022. Read More »
  • Did You Know that renewable energy corridors can be the future of energy production?

    Did You Know that renewable energy corridors can be the future of energy production?

    Did You Know… Renewable Energy Corridors Can Be the Future of Energy Production? In the Escalante desert of southwestern Utah, near the town of Milford, there are four different types of renewable energy: wind, solar, biogas, and geothermal. They’re all being used to produce energy at the same time. The co-location and concentration of such… Read More »