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Yukon Geological Survey
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Annual Report Paper

Title: Evaluating geothermal potential in Yukon through temperature gradient drilling
NTS Mapsheet(s): Yukon Wide
Citation: Fraser, T., Colpron, M. and Relf, C., 2019. Evaluating geothermal potential in Yukon through temperature gradient drilling. In: Yukon Exploration and Geology 2018, K.E. MacFarlane (ed.), Yukon Geological Survey, p. 75–90.

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As part of the Canadian government’s commitment to establishing clean energy in the North, the Yukon Geological Survey is collecting subsurface temperature data near communities in the southern part of the territory. The research is a collaborative effort among federal and territorial geoscientists, universities, First Nation governments, and geothermal consultants. A major goal of the project is to determine whether ground temperatures warrant further geothermal exploration in the territory. The study also presents an opportunity for Yukon Geological Survey to educate the public about geothermal energy. This paper summarizes the methods and results of the drilling of two ~500 m geothermal temperature gradient wells. The first was drilled in the fall of 2017 in the Whitehorse area, near Takhini Hot Springs, where a surface water seep measures 46°C. The second well was drilled in winter 2018 in the Tintina fault system, near Ross River. Results to date suggest warm fluids and possible permeable rocks in the Takhini well between 450 and 500 m from surface, and a higher than average geothermal gradient of ~31°C/km in the Tintina Trench near Ross River. The results do not indicate temperatures for power generation at economic depths, however, they are encouraging enough to warrant further geothermal studies in southern Yukon.

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