Energy Resources Program
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:
The USGS has completed several assessments of the Gulf Coast. This information is summarized on the Oil and Gas Assessment Gulf Coast page.
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.
There are coalbed methane assessments for the Gulf Coast currently available.
Energy Resources Program - World Energy Map Showing Geology, Oil and Gas Fields, and Geologic Provinces of the Gulf of Mexico Region
USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Internet Map Server
USGS Gulf Integrated Science Website
USGS National Retlands Research Center
Reservoirs and Petroleum Systems of the Gulf Coast (AAPG Datapages website) - Courtesy of Janet Pitman, USGS
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