SMU Geothermal Lab


The SMU Geothermal Lab has built an extensive library of geothermal books, reports, maps, articles and other publications.  As part of the National Geothermal Data System (NGDS), all the non-copyrighted items in the SMU Geothermal Lab library have been digitized and are available for download from the SMU Node of NGDS. The bibliographic information for copyrighted materials in the Geothermal Lab is also available on the SMU Node of NGDS. 

At the bottom of this page are some classic heat flow papers and research conducted by Dr. Dave Blackwell and the SMU Geothermal Lab. 

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Blackwell, D.D., The thermal structure of the continental crust, in The Structure and Physical Properties of the Earth's Crust, Geophys. Mono. Ser. 14, ed. J.G. Heacock, 169-184, AGU, Washington D.C., 1971. 

Blackwell, D.D., Heat flow in the Northern Basin and Range province, in The role of heat in the development of energy and mineral resources in the Northern Basin and Range province, Geothermal Res. Council Sp. Rep. 13, 81-92, 1983. 

Blackwell, D.D., R.P. Smith and M. Richards, Description, Synthesis, and Interpretation of the Thermal Regime, Geology, Geochemistry, and Geophysics of the Dixie Valley, Nevada Geothermal System.  2014.

Blackwell, D.D., J.L. Steele and L.S. Carter, Heat flow patterns of the North American continent: A discussion of the DNAG geothermal map of North America, pp. 423-437, in D.B. Slemmons, E.R. Engdahl, and D.D. Blackwell eds., Neotectonics of North America, Geological Society of  America. DNAG Decade Map Volume 1, pp. 498, 1991. 

Blackwell, D.D., M. Richards, and P. Stepp, Texas Geothermal Assessment for the I-35 Corridor East, Final Report for the Texas State Energy Conservation, Contract CM709, SMU Geothermal Laboratory, 88 p., 2010. 

Blackwell, D.D., M. Richards, and P. Stepp, Texas Geothermal Assessment for the I-35 Corridor East, Data Files for the Texas State Energy Conservation, Contract CM709, SMU Geothermal Laboratory, 2010.
Brott, C.A., D.D. Blackwell, and J. C. Mitchell, Tectonic implications of the heat flow of the western Snake River Plain, Idaho, Geol. Soc. Amer. Bull., 89, 1697-1707, 1978.

Frontier Associates, LLC , Texas Renewable Energy Resource Assessment, 2008.   Prepared for the Texas State Energy Conservation Office.

McKenna, J.R., and D.D. Blackwell, Heat sources in subduction zones: implications for slab seismicity and arc-volcanism, in The Cascadia Subduction Zone and Related Subduction Systems-Seismic Structure, Intraslab Earthquakes and Processes, and Earthquake Hazards, edited by S.H. Kirby, K. Wang, and S. Dunlop, pp. 127-131, U.S. Geo. Sur. Open-File Report 02-328, 2002.

McKenna, J.R., and D.D. Blackwell, Thermal regime of a large mid-continent oil field (Butler County, Kansas) from high-resolution temperature logs, Oklahoma Geol. Sur. Circ., 106, 151-161, 2002.

McKenna, J.R., and D.D. Blackwell, Numerical Modeling of Transient Basin and Range Extensional Geothermal Systems, Geothermics, 33, 457-476, 2004. 

McKenna, J.R., and D.D. Blackwell, Shallow thermal conditions in the southern Cascadia subduction zone, in review, J. of Geophy. Res., 2002. 

McKenna, J., D. Blackwell, Christopher Moyes, and P. Dee Patterson, 2005, Geothermal electric power supply possible from Gulf Coast, Midcontinent oil field waters, Oil & Gas Journal, Sept. 5, 34-40.

Roy, R.F., D.D. Blackwell, and E.R. Decker, Continental heat flow, in The Nature of the Solid Earth, Ed. E.C. Robertson, McGraw-Hill, New York, pp. 506-543, 1972.  

Salmon, J. Pater, J. Meurice, N. Wobus, F. Stern, and M. Duaime, Guidebook to Geothermal Power Finance, 2011.   Prepared for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

SMU Geothermal Lab, Heat Flow and Western Geothermal Data Bases References.

Tester, J. W., Anderson, B., Batchelor, A., Blackwell, D., DiPippo, R., Drake, E., Garnish, J., Livesay, B., Moore, M.C., Nichols, K., Petty, S., Toksoz, N., Veatch, R., Augustine, C., Baria, R., Murphy, E., Negraru, P., Richards, M. 2006. The future of geothermal energy: Impact of enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) on the United States in the 21st century. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, DOE Contract DE-AC07-05ID14517 Final Report, 374 p.