Science: West Virginia is geothermal hot spot, says SMU Geothermal Lab

Zachary Frone

Science: West Virginia is geothermal hot spot, says SMU Geothermal Lab

wv-image-03-press-release.jpgScience, the international weekly science journal, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has covered the geothermal mapping research of the Southern Methodist University's Geothermal Laboratory, led by SMU geologist David Blackwell and funded by

The Oct. 4 article "West Virginia is a Geothermal Hot Spot" by science journalist Eli Kintisch quotes Maria Richards, coordinator of the SMU Geothermal Laboratory.

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wv-image-03-press-release.jpgNew research by SMU's Geothermal Laboratory, funded by a grant, suggests the Earth's temperature beneath West Virginia is significantly higher than previously estimated.

The finding suggests the resource in West Virginia could support commercial baseload geothermal energy production, says SMU's David Blackwell.

Geothermal energy is the use of the Earth's heat to produce heat and electricity. "Geothermal is an extremely reliable form of energy, and it generates power 24/7, which makes it a baseload source like coal or nuclear," said David Blackwell, Hamilton Professor of Geophysics and Director of the SMU Geothermal Laboratory. (Photo: Yellowstone hot springs)