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Geothermal Energy, Geology and Hydrology of

  • William E. GlassleyEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-2493-6_230-3



The central portion of the Earth that is composed of high density metallic, solid, and liquid components.


The outer layer of the Earth composed of low to moderate density silicates and other minerals and within which the radioactive elements K, Rb, U, and Th are concentrated.

Direct use

An application that uses the heat from a geothermal resource to accomplish heating, cooling and drying without converting thermal energy to another energy form.

Enhanced geothermal systems

A deep geothermal system in which the porosity and permeability have been artificially enhanced through engineering methods to increase the mass flux of fluid that can be pumped through the reservoir.

Heat flow

Strictly, the movement of thermal energy via diffusive conduction. Heat flow, as measured, is also a reflection of advective and convective transport.

Heat pump

A device for transferring heat from one location to another.


The scientific discipline that studies the flow of fluids in...


Subduction Zone Spreading Center Geothermal System Geothermal Energy Magma Body 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Earth and Planetary SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA
  2. 2.Geologisk InstituteUniversity of AarhusAarhusDenmark