A brief review of heat-flow studies in the Guaymas Basin, Gulf of California

K. Becker, A. T. Fisher

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The continuous sediment cover has allowed detailed and extensive mapping of the distribution of surface heat flow throughout the Guaymas basin; more than 400 heat-flow measurements have been collected since 1959 in crust ranging in age from 0 to about 3 Ma. Away from the sites of crustal accretion, the background heat flow throughout the Guaymas Basin is about 180±10 mW/m2. Within the two spreading centers of the basin, known as the northern and southern troughs, heat-flow values range from 0 to nearly 9 W/m2, and variations of two orders of magnitude occur over distances as short as a few hundred meters. Heat-flow patterns generally follow the northeast-southwest structural trend of the central troughs but are locally controlled by recent intrusive activity and associated hydrothermal circulation. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)709-720
Number of pages12
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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