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GEOL 206 - Geology of Geothermal Energy Resources Units: 3

This course surveys the characteristics, distribution and energy potential of geothermal resources, both world wide and here in Nevada. Course content includes (1) geologic controls on distribution and nature of geothermal systems, (2) the main types of geothermal systems and how energy is harnessed using current technology, and (3) potential geothermal resources that may provide useful energy with emerging technology. The course consists of three hours of lecture per week and one three-hour-long lab and one half-day and one full-day of field studies. The field studies include examining and garnering geologic data of a producing geothermal field and collecting water chemistry and geologic data of an undeveloped but potential geothermal resource. Transfers three credits to UNR and satisfies elective credit for baccalaureate degree in geology.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: ENG 98 and MATH 96; or qualifying Accuplacer, ACT, or SAT scores. Prior successful completion of one or more of the following is recommended: ENGR 110, GEOL 100, GEOL 101, GEOG 103, GEOG 104, or NRES 100.

Term Offered: Fall