Abstract

Temperature measurements have been obtained from 80 points along the Granduc haulage tunnel, at depths of as much as 1.5 km below the surface. These fit, within 1 °C, a simplified model assuming, among other things, uniform thermal conductivity of the rocks and a temperature at rock–glacier contacts of 0 °C. For these assumptions a generalized thermal gradient (with effects of topographic irregularity removed) is about 26 mK m−1 (26 °C/km). With the thermal conductivity of a suite of rocks from the tunnel averaging 2.72 ± 12 W m−1K−1 (6.50 ±.28 cal/cm s °C) present heat flow of about 73 mW m−2 (1.74 μcal/cm2 s) can be derived.

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