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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 This series of five maps characterizes the subsurface pressure system of southern Louisiana, including the associated State and Federal waters. These maps were generated using the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) comprehensive geopressure-gradient model (Burke et al., 2012b, 2013) that...
Friday, March 14, 2014  Type: Outside Publication

Article Thumbnail Image The Oligocene Frio and Anahuac Formations were assessed as part of the 2007 U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) assessment of Tertiary strata of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico Basin onshore and State waters. The Frio Formation, which consists of sand-rich fluvio-deltaic systems, has been one of the largest...
Thursday, January 16, 2014  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) led seismic acquisition in the Gulf of Mexico from April 18 to May 3, 2013, collecting ocean-bottom seismometer (OBS) and high-resolution 2D data at lease blocks Green Canyon 955 (GC955) and Walker Ridge 313 (WR313). This collaborative effort among the U.S...
Thursday, November 14, 2013  Type: Outside Publication

Article Thumbnail Image Accurate shear-wave velocities for shallow sediments are important for a variety of seismic applications such as inver-sion and amplitude versus offset analysis. During the U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored Gas Hydrate Joint Industry Project Leg II, shear-wave velocities were measured at six wells...
Friday, August 30, 2013  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image This poster was awarded First Place for the Gordon I. Atwater Award recognizing best research poster presented at the 2012 Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Convention on October 21-24, 2012 in Austin, TX.  
Thursday, June 27, 2013  Type: Site News

Article Thumbnail Image The U.S. Geological Survey created a comprehensive geopressure-gradient model of the regional pressure system spanning the onshore and offshore Gulf of Mexico basin, USA. This model was used to generate ten maps that included (1) five contour maps characterizing the depth to the surface defined...
Wednesday, June 12, 2013  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image Scientists have returned from a 15‑day research expedition in the northern Gulf of Mexico with the best high-resolution seismic data and imagery ever obtained of sediments with high gas hydrate saturations...    
Tuesday, May 14, 2013  Type: Technical Announcement

Article Thumbnail Image This map sheet with accompanying Geographic Information System (GIS) project is an update of the existing U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Conterminous U.S. Coal Fields map. This update was compiled using data primarily from the USGS National Coal Resource Assessment (NCRA) and information from...
Tuesday, April 02, 2013  Type: Publication

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
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The Gulf Coast Region is a physiographic province extending from Texas to Florida and encompasses the coastal plain, low hills, and deltas of the Gulf of Mexico. This is a geologically stable area characterized by low relief terraces extending to the continental shelf. Sediments consist of coastal plain deposits and thick land-derived sediments prograding from the Mississippi River delta system; ultimately transitioning to evaporite and carbonate deposits offshore. Coastlines exhibit wave and delta dominated features and landforms such as barrier islands, bays, and marshes. The Mississippi River also supports a diverse economy in the region. A large percentage of the present and future energy resources of the United States are located in the Gulf Coast Region, highlighting the importance for energy research and assessments. This web site provides access to the Energy Resources Program research activities and products within the Gulf Coast Region.

Highlighted Gulf Coast Assessment Publications

Select product areas on the stratigraphic column below to view corresponding USGS oil and gas assessment publications:

Top of Page2001 South Florida Basin Geologic Report 2007 Cretaceous-Tertiary Coal beds Fact Sheet2003 Navarro and Taylor Fact Sheet2006 Navarro and  Taylor Groups Geologic Reports2011 Austin Chalk and Tokio and Eutaw Formations Fact Sheet2007 Tertiary Strata Fact Sheet2011 Eagle Ford Fact Sheet2007 Tuscaloosa and Woodbine Fact Sheet2010 Jurassic and Cretaceous Strata Fact Sheet2002 Cotton Valley Fact Sheet2002 Travis Peak-Hosston Formations Fact Sheet2006 Cotton Valley Group and Travis Peak-Hosston Formations Geologic Reports2001 South Florida Basin Geologic Report


National Oil and gas Assessments: Gulf Coast Focus Area
National Oil and Gas

National Oil and Gas Assessments

The USGS has completed several assessments of the Gulf Coast. This information is summarized on the Oil and Gas Assessment Gulf Coast page.

National coal resource Assessment: Gulf Coast Focus Area
National Coal Resource

National Coal Resource Assessment

The National Coal Resource Assessment (NCRA) project was a multi-year effort by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Energy Program to identify, characterize, and assess the coal resources that will supply a major part of the Nation’s energy needs during the next few decades. NCRA data and publications are available on the NCRA Gulf Coast page.

Coalbed Methane Assessment: Gulf Coast Focus Area
Coalbed Methane Assessment

Coalbed Methane Assessment

There are coalbed methane assessments for the Gulf Coast currently available.





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