Chapter 23

Environmental Impact of Geothermal Power Plants

Abstract

The final chapter takes a detailed look at the environmental advantages and possible detrimental effects of geothermal power plants. Most countries have laws that regulate the construction and operation of power plants in order to preserve the natural environment and safeguard the people, flora, and fauna of the region. Geothermal plants have advantages over other types of plants in the areas of gaseous emissions, land usage, solids discharge, water usage, and water pollution. The issues of land subsidence; induced seismicity and landslides; disturbance of natural hydrothermal manifestations, wildlife habitat, vegetation, and scenic vistas; noise pollution; catastrophic events; ...

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