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MEXICO - A huge hot-water (280-360degrees C) geothermal system occurs at Cerro Prieto along an offshore segment of the East Pacific Rise which bounds the North American and Pacific plates. This field now produces 720 MWe from reservoirs up to 4000 m deep. In the Central Mexican Volcanic Belt, where the Cocos Plate is subducting under the North American Plate, Los Azufres produces 88 MWe and Los Humeros, 35 MWe. 65 MWe more geothermal power is planned. Mexico has over 1,500 hot springs: one Mexican state is named Aguascalientes (hot waters). Direct uses of geothermal heat in Mexico include industrial laundries, refrigeration, district and greenhouse heating, and fruit and wood drying.

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October 11, 1997
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