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Article Thumbnail Image The USGS has updated the National Produced Waters Geochemical Database and Map Viewer to include trace elements, isotopes, and time-series data, as well as nearly 100,000 new samples with greater spatial coverage and from both conventional and unconventional well types, including...
Thursday, April 17, 2014  Type: Technical Announcement

Article Thumbnail Image This data set provides industrial-scale onshore wind turbine locations in the United States through July 22, 2013, corresponding facility information, and turbine technical specifications. The database has more than 47,000 wind turbine records that have been collected, digitized, ...
Tuesday, February 11, 2014  Type: Press Release & Publication

Article Thumbnail Image The USGS has updated the Geologic CO2 Sequestration Interactive Web Map to include links to the national assessment results, supporting information for all assessed areas, and report downloads. The update also features an improved navigational interface. As basin specific reports are released...
Tuesday, April 15, 2014  Type: Site News

Article Thumbnail Image Chapter H - This report presents 27 storage assessment units (SAUs) within the United States (U.S.) Gulf Coast. The U.S. Gulf Coast contains a regionally extensive, thick succession of clastics, carbonates, salts, and other evaporites that were deposited in a highly cyclic depositional...
Tuesday, April 15, 2014  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image The spatial and stratigraphic distribution of water in oil shale of the Eocene Green River Formation in the Piceance Basin of northwestern Colorado was studied in detail using some 321,000 Fischer assay analyses in the U.S. Geological Survey oil-shale database. The oil-shale section was subdivided i...
Monday, April 14, 2014  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image The extent of brine contamination in the shallow aquifers in and near the East Poplar oil field is as much as 17.9 square miles and appears to be present throughout the entire saturated zone in contaminated areas. The brine contamination affects 15–37 billion gallons of groundwater. Brine...
Wednesday, April 02, 2014  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image The U.S. Geological Survey, in partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the North Slope Borough, and the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation conducted a four-year study designed to identify, define, and delineate a shallow coalbed natural gas (CBNG) resource with the potential to...
Friday, March 28, 2014  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image The Middle Devonian Marcellus Shale in the Appalachian basin extends from central Ohio on the west to eastern New York on the east, and from north-central New York on the north to northern Tennessee on the south. Its thickness ranges from 0 feet (ft) where it pinches out to the west to as much...
Wednesday, March 26, 2014  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image The USGS is developing approaches for the quantitative assessment of water and proppant involved with possible future production of continuous petroleum deposits. The assessment approach is an extension of existing USGS petroleum-assessment methods, and it aims to provide objective information...
Thursday, March 13, 2014  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image A recent U.S. Geological Survey analysis of the Green River Formation of the Piceance Basin in western Colorado shows that about 920 and 352 billion barrels of oil are potentially recoverable from oil shale resources using oil-yield cutoffs of 15 and 25 gallons per ton (GPT), respectively. This...
Wednesday, January 22, 2014  Type: Publication



Article Thumbnail Image Akutan Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the U.S. For Akutan, with its industrial infrastructure and need for electrical power in a remote part of the world, having an active volcano nearby may not be entirely bad according to a new study released by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Friday, January 10, 2014  Type: Press Release & Publication

Article Thumbnail Image We used Rock-Eval pyrolysis and vitrinite reflectance to examine the petroleum source potential of rock samples from the Sheep Creek 1 well in the Susitna basin of south-central Alaska. The results show that Miocene nonmarine coal, carbonaceous shale, and mudstone are potential sources of...
Thursday, January 09, 2014  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image Water quality monitoring data typically consist of J parameters and constituents measured at I number of static locations at K sets of seasonal occurrences. The resulting I×J×K three-way array can be difficult to interpret. Additionally, the constituent portion of the dataset...
Sunday, January 05, 2014  Type: Outside Publication

Article Thumbnail Image Chapter F - This report identifies and contains geologic descriptions of three storage assessment units (SAUs) in Upper Cambrian to Mississippian sedimentary rocks within the Arkoma Basin study area, and two SAUs in Upper Cambrian to Mississippian sedimentary rocks within the Kansas...
Monday, December 23, 2013  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image Chapter D - This report identifies and contains geologic descriptions of three storage assessment units (SAUs) in Eocene and Oligocene sedimentary rocks within the Columbia, Puget, Willapa, Astoria, Nehalem, and Willamette Basins of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, and focuses on the...
Friday, December 20, 2013  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image Waters co-produced with hydrocarbons in the Appalachian Basin are of notably poor quality (concentrations of total dissolved solids (TDS) and total radium up to and exceeding 300,000 mg/L and 10,000 pCi/L, respectively). Since 2008, a rapid increase in Marcellus Shale gas production has led to...
Thursday, December 12, 2013  Type: Outside Publication

Article Thumbnail Image Multivariate compositional data analysis methods were used to investigate geochemical data for water injected during hydraulic fracturing and for water produced from 19 Marcellus Shale gas wells in the northern Appalachian Basin. The data were originally published as part of an industry report...
Thursday, December 12, 2013  Type: Outside Publication

Article Thumbnail Image The economy, national security, and standard of living of the United States depend on adequate and reliable supplies of energy and mineral resources. Based on population and consumption trends, the Nation’s and World’s use of energy and minerals is expected to grow, driving the...
Thursday, December 12, 2013  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimates a mean undiscovered volume of 6.9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the Alum Shale in Denmark.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013  Type: Press Release & Publication

Article Thumbnail Image Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated means of 19 million barrels of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and 244 billion cubic feet of undiscovered natural gas in the Puerto Rico–U.S. Virgin Islands Exclusive Economic Zone.
Monday, December 02, 2013  Type: Publication
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Article Thumbnail Image Akutan Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the U.S. For Akutan, with its industrial infrastructure and need for electrical power in a remote part of the world, having an active volcano nearby may not be entirely bad according to a new study released by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Friday, January 10, 2014  Type: Press Release & Publication

Article Thumbnail Image Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimates a mean undiscovered volume of 6.9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the Alum Shale in Denmark.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013  Type: Press Release & Publication

Article Thumbnail Image The USGS methodology for assessing carbon dioxide (CO2) storage potential for geologic carbon sequestration was endorsed as a best practice for a country-wide storage potential assessment by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The IEA report announcing the endorsement reflects the consensus...
Tuesday, September 24, 2013  Type: Technical Announcement

Article Thumbnail Image The U.S. Geological Survey recently completed an evaluation of the technically accessible storage resource (TASR) for carbon dioxide (CO2) for 36 sedimentary basins in the onshore areas and State waters of the United States. The TASR is an estimate of the geologic storage resource that may be...
Wednesday, June 26, 2013  Type: Press Release & Publication

Article Thumbnail Image Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the USGS estimated mean undiscovered volumes of 7.4 billion barrels of oil, 6.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 0.53 billion barrels of natural gas liquids in the Bakken and Three Forks Formations in the Williston Basin Province of Montana, North...
Monday, April 29, 2013  Type: Press Release & Publication

Article Thumbnail Image The Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Montana contains about 162 billion short tons (BST) of recoverable coal from a total of 1.07 trillion short tons of in-place resources according to a new USGS assessment. This assessment also estimates that 25 BST of those resources are currently economical...
Tuesday, February 26, 2013  Type: Press Release & Publication

Article Thumbnail Image The U.S. Geological Survey assessed unconventional oil and gas resources of the Upper Ordovician Utica Shale and adjacent units in the Appalachian Basin Province. The assessment covers parts of Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. The geologic concept is that black...
Thursday, October 04, 2012  Type: Press Release & Publication

Article Thumbnail Image USGS Scientist Susan Hall was elected chair of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development – Nuclear Energy Agency/International Atomic Energy Agency’s Uranium Group during their 48th meeting in Kirovograd, Ukraine, which was held August 21-24, 2012.
Friday, September 28, 2012  Type: Press Release

Article Thumbnail Image The U.S. Geological Survey estimated volumes of technically recoverable, conventional petroleum resources that have the potential to be added to reserves from reserve growth in 70 discovered oil and gas accumulations of the United States, excluding Federal offshore areas.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012  Type: Press Release & Publication

Article Thumbnail Image During the early opening of the Atlantic Ocean in the Mesozoic Era, numerous extensional basins formed along the eastern margin of the North American continent from Florida northward to New England and parts of adjacent Canada. The basins extend generally from the offshore Atlantic continental...
Wednesday, June 20, 2012  Type: Press Release & Publication
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