Near Carlin in Elko County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The U.S. Geological Survey has designated an area south of Beowawe a Known Geothermal Resource Area (KGRA). The area, about 15 miles south of Battle Mountain, is marked by two uncontrolled wells discharging steam continuously to a height of approximately 100 feet. The Beowawe KGRA has recorded well temperatures of more than 400 degrees Fahrenheit, second only to the Brady-Hazen KGRA near Fernley, the hottest in Nevada.
Fourteen wells in the Beowawe area have been drilled on private lands in an attempt to harness their energy sources, but only two show visible evidence of geothermal potential. Their steam can be seen from Interstate 80 at a point north of Beowawe.
To encourage development of these energy sources, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has begun a program of leasing public lands for geothermal development. A competitive lease sale in December 1974 for the Beowawe KGRA resulted in nearly $1.5 million in bids for the right to lease parts of this area.
Continuing exploratory activity in the area indicates an increasing interest in turning energy now being wasted into useful kilowatts.
Erected by Bureau of Land Management
Location. 40° 40.891′ N, 116° 28.775′ W. Marker is near Carlin, Nevada, in Elko County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 80 at milepost 258, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located at the Beowawe East Rest Area near Mile Marker 258. Marker can only be accessed from the eastbound travel lanes of the freeway. Marker is in this post office area: Carlin NV 89822, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. About Your Journey ... (within shouting distance of this marker); A Tale of Two Highways (within shouting distance of this marker); Gravely Ford (within shouting distance of this marker); Hot, Dusty and Tattered (approx. 0.3 miles away); Argenta Station (approx. 0.4 miles away).
Also see . . . Geothermal Resource Area: Beowawe Hot Springs Geothermal Area. From the OpenEI website. (Submitted on October 7, 2013.)
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