US: A new study by the US Geological Survey (USGS) is exploring the groundwater and geothermal energy potential in drought-stricken areas of Oregon and neighbouring states. This region being studied — inland Pacific Northwest — has been heavily influenced by landscape-shaping volcanic eruptions over the past 17 million years. Previous assessments show that this region has high potential for geothermal development. USGS Geothermal Project Chief, Jonathan Glen, tells that the current study will determine where geothermal heat may be efficiently utilised. The study will also collect additional information on the groundwater resources in the Northwest Volcanic Aquifer system. The data will help water managers in balancing the demand and impact from future development.