The Cerro Prieto geothermal field, considered an active developing rift basin, is located in the southern limits of the Salton Trough tectonic province. The tectonic activity along the Gulf of California–Salton Trough has created spreading centers linked through a set of transform faults. Such faults are characterized by right lateral motion obliquely oriented to the gulf axis, which produces a transtensional stress regime along the Pacific–North American plate boundary. In particular, the Cerro Prieto basin has developed between the major Cerro Prieto and Imperial right-stepping transform faults, which are part of the San Andreas–Gulf of California fault system (figure...

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