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New Alloy for Downhole Electronics
March 22, 2013 | Sandia Labs

Sandia Labs has developed a gold-silver-germanium alloy that is expected to improve electronics in the high temperature, pressure and vibration environment of oil and geothermal wells.

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Uses of Gold
March 9, 2014 |
Of all the minerals mined from the Earth, none is more useful than gold. Its usefulness is derived from a diversity of special properties. Gold conducts electricity, does not tarnish, is very easy to work, can be drawn into wire, can be hammered into thin sheets, alloys with many other metals, can be melted and cast into highly detailed shapes, has a wonderful color and a brilliant luster.

Exploring for Geothermal in Idaho
January 15, 2013 | University of Idaho News
"In an effort to provide the most accurate assessment of high-temperature geothermal energy potential in the region, the Idaho Geological Survey recently drilled new wells in southeastern Idaho. [...] These new thermal gradient wells will provide the first accurate picture of the heat flow regime beneath this important volcanic province." Quoted from the University of Idaho press release.

Oregon Geothermal Resource Map
February 19, 2013 | Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries
The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries has published an interactive online map that allows you to explore the geothermal resources of Oregon. You can use it to get information about geothermal exploration wells, water wells with elevated temperatures, warm springs, hot springs and more - all plotted on nine dirrerent basemaps. You can also get the data on CD-ROM.

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