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hot dry rock

A geothermal energy resource that consists of high temperature, impermeable, crystalline rock above 300°F (150°C) that may be fractured and have little or no water. To extract the heat, the rock must first be fractured, then water is injected into the rock and pumped out to extract the heat. In the western United States, as much as 95,000 square miles (246,050 square km) have hot dry rock potential.

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