1. Small scale map of Eritrea and Alid with inset of Africa.
In 1996, five geologists from the USGS and five geologists from the Eritrean Ministry of Energy and Mining collaborated on a study of the Alid volcanic center, in the northeast African country of Eritrea.
Eritrea became an independent nation in 1993, after a state-wide referendum. The country is relatively undeveloped, and additonal energy resources are needed to facilitate growth of industry and tourism.
The purpose of this project was to produce a geothermal resource assessment based on mapping of the geology and study of the fumarolic emissions from the Alid volcanic center. We believe that future exploration is warranted and that Alid is a viable geothermal prospect.
This work was funded through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), with additional support from the USGS Volcano Hazards Program and its geothermal component, and the Eritrean Ministry for Energy, Mines and Water Resources (EMEMWR). We appreciate logistical support by Glenn Anders (USAID) and Teklehaimanot Debretsion (EMEMWR).
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All work described herein was collaborative in nature and involved participation by all team members. For more information, please contact: Jake Lowenstern (email@example.com)