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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Assessment of shale-oil resources of the Central Sumatra Basin, Indonesia, 2015

USGS Publication: Fact Sheet 2015-3072
Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated means of 459 million barrels of shale oil, 275 billion cubic feet of associated gas, and 23 million barrels of natural gas liquids in the Central Sumatra Basin, Indonesia.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Profiles of reservoir properties of oil-bearing plays for selected petroleum provinces in the United States

USGS Publication: Open-File Report 2015-1195
Profiles of reservoir properties of oil-bearing plays for selected petroleum provinces in the United States were developed to characterize the database to be used for a potential assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) of oil that would be technically recoverable by the application of enhanced oil recovery methods using injection of carbon dioxide (CO2-EOR).

Friday, October 23, 2015

U.S. Geological Survey assessments of continuous (unconventional) oil and gas resources, 2000 to 2011

USGS Publication: Digital Data Series 69-MM
From 2000 to 2011, the U.S. Geological Survey conducted 139 quantitative assessments of continuous (unconventional) oil and gas accumulations within the United States.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Radiometric dating of marine-influenced coal using Re–Os geochronology

Outside Publication: Earth and Planetary Science Letters
Coal deposits are integral to understanding the structural evolution and thermal history of sedimentary basins and correlating contemporeous estuarine and fluvial delatic strata with marine sections. While marine shales may readily lend themselves to Re–Os dating due to the dominance of hydrogenous Re and Os, the lack of a chronometer for near-shore sedimentary environments hampers basinwide correlations in absolute time.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Assessment of Paleozoic shale gas resources in the Sichuan Basin of China, 2015

USGS Publication: Fact Sheet 2015-3053
Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated a mean of 23.9 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable shale gas resources in Paleozoic formations in the Sichuan Basin of China.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Underpressure in Mesozoic and Paleozoic rock units in the Midcontinent of the United States

Outside Publication: AAPG Bulletin
Potentiometric surfaces for Paleozoic strata, based on water well levels and selected drill-stem tests, reveal the control on hydraulic head exerted by outcrops in eastern Kansas and Oklahoma.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

USGS Estimates 21 Million Barrels of Oil and 27 Billion Cubic Feet of Gas in the Monterey Formation of the San Joaquin Basin, California

Press Release & Publication 
Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey assessed mean volumes of 21 million barrels of oil (MMBO), 27 billion cubic feet of gas, and 1 million barrels of natural gas liquids in two assessment units (AUs) that may contain continuous oil resources. Mean volumes of oil for the individual assessment units are 14 MMBO in the Monterey Buttonwillow AU and 7 MMBO in the Monterey Maricopa AU.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Continuing Medical Mystery of Balkan Endemic Nephropathy

Outside Publication: Journal of Rare Disorders
Balkan Endemic Nephropathy (BEN) is a disease of subtle onset and insidious progression that typically occurs between the 4th and 6th decade in long‐resident individuals in highly specific geographic locations of the Balkan region and affects 1 – 5% of the population. Though it does not follow typical Mendelian genetics, there is a familial pattern of occurrence...

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Persistent U(IV) and U(VI) following in-situ recovery (ISR) mining of a sandstone uranium deposit, Wyoming, USA

Outside Publication: Applied Geochemistry
Drill-core samples from a sandstone-hosted uranium (U) deposit in Wyoming were characterized to determine the abundance and distribution of uranium following in-situ recovery (ISR) mining with oxygen- and carbon dioxide-enriched water. Concentrations of uranium, collected from ten depth intervals, ranged from 5 to 1920 ppm...

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