Gravity and magnetotelluric investigations to elicit the origin of Hammam Faraun hot spring, Sinai Peninsula, Egypt

Mohamed Abdelzaher, Jun Nishijima, Gad El-Qady, Essam Aboud, Osama Masoud, Mamdoh Soliman, Sachio Ehara

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Abstract

There is a clear correlation between the principal areas of current geothermal development and the seismically active boundaries of the moving segments of lithosphere defined by the plate tectonic models of the Earth. The tectonic position of Egypt in the northeastern corner of African continent suggests that the most important areas for geothermal exploration are in the region where a cluster of hot springs with varied temperatures was located around the Gulf of Suez. Gravity and magnetotelluric surveys were made in the area of Hammam Faraun hot spring, which represents the most promising area for geothermal development in Egypt. These surveys were carried out for the purpose of eliciting the origin of Hammam Faraun hot spring. The results of the analyses and interpretations of these data show that the heat source of the hot spring is due to uplift of hot basement rock. This uplift may cause deep circulation and heating of the undergroundwater.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)633-656
Number of pages24
JournalActa Geophysica
Volume59
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics

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