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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 USGS Releases new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Hydraulic Fracturing ("Fracking").  A new Hydraulic Fracturing Website and Multimedia Gallery is also now online.
Thursday, January 10, 2013  Type: Site News

Article Thumbnail Image This study updates a stratigraphic cross section published as plate 2 in USGS Digital Data Series 69-G. The datum is a marine/tidal ravinement surface within the Cozzette Sandstone Member of the Iles Formation and the Thompson Canyon Sandstone and Sulphur Canyon Sandstone Beds of the...
Thursday, January 03, 2013  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image 2,263 scanned logs of various types including gamma ray, sonic, neutron, caliper, and lithologic descriptions are available for 621 different wells in the Piceance Basin of western Colorado. Logged intervals generally focus on the Green River Formation which contains large amounts of oil shale in th...
Wednesday, January 02, 2013  Type: Site News

Article Thumbnail Image The Upper Cretaceous Austin Chalk forms a low-permeability, onshore Gulf of Mexico reservoir that produces oil and gas from major fractures oriented parallel to the underlying Lower Cretaceous shelf edge. Horizontal drilling links these fracture systems to create an interconnected network that...
Thursday, December 20, 2012  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image The Bighorn Basin is a large Laramide (Late Cretaceous through Eocene) structural and sedimentary basin that encompasses about 10,400 square miles in north-central Wyoming and south-central Montana. The purpose of this report is to present new vitrinite reflectance data collected from Cretaceous...
Wednesday, December 19, 2012  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image Scanned copies of three legacy USGS publications with detailed stratigraphy of Upper Cretaceous and Lower Tertiary rocks in eastern Utah and western Colorado are now available online. MF 1050: five measured sections, in the Mesa Verde Group and Wasatch Formation, in the vicinity of De Beque Colorado...
Monday, December 17, 2012  Type: Technical Announcement

Article Thumbnail Image Mathematicians and geochemists have long realized that compositional data intrinsically exhibit a structure prone to spurious and induced correlations. This paper demonstrates, using the Na–Cl–Br system, that these mathematical problems are exacerbated in the study of sedimentary basin brines by...
Thursday, December 13, 2012  Type: Outside Publication

Article Thumbnail Image Much of the oil and gas in the Illinois, Michigan, and Appalachian basins of eastern North America is thought to be derived from Devonian shale that is within these basins. As the Devonian strata were buried by younger sediments, the Devonian shale was subjected to great temperature and pressure...
Monday, December 03, 2012  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image Using a probabilistic geology-based methodology, a team of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists recently assessed the remaining recoverable oil in 10 oil fields of the Los Angeles Basin in southern California. The results of the assessment suggest that between 3.2 and 5.6 billion barrels...
Wednesday, November 28, 2012  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image There are multiple ways to characterize uncertainty in the assessment of coal resources, but not all of them are equally satisfactory. Increasingly, the tendency is toward borrowing from the statistical tools developed in the last 50 years for the quantitative assessment of other mineral commodities...
Wednesday, November 28, 2012  Type: Outside 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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