Energy Resources Program
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Outside Publication: Kentucky Geological Survey
The Kentucky Geological Survey, through USGS funding of agreement G10AC00465, has converted Kentucky Division of Mine Permits’ scanned, georeferenced images of mine permit areas to vector GIS format.
Friday, June 15, 2012
Outside Publication: Ohio DNR
This contract report, created by the Ohio DNR - Division of Geological Survey, compiles available information on the thermal maturity of Upper Ordovician black shales in Ohio.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
USGS Publication: Data Series 599
This database is a compilation of published and nonconfidential unpublished coal data from Alaska. Although coal occurs in isolated areas throughout Alaska, this study includes data only from the Cook Inlet and North Slope areas. The data include entries from and interpretations of oil and gas well logs, coal-core geophysical logs (such as density, gamma, and resistivity), seismic shot hole lithology descriptions, measured coal sections, and isolated coal outcrops.
The National Coal Resources Data System (NCRDS) State Cooperatives project supports a publicly available database of coal knowledge that encompasses the entire United States. State-level partnering for coal resource assessment and fundamental research of energy-bearing strata improves the ability of Federal, State and local planners to make optimum policy decisions in the areas of energy development, energy utilization, and land use. For example, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Texas Bureau of Economic Geology are engaged in a collaborative study to characterize the organic composition and thermal maturity of Upper Paleozoic coal-bearing strata from the Eastern Shelf of the Midland basin and from the Fort Worth basin, north-central Texas (USGS Open-File Report 2007-1312).
The USGS maintains cooperative agreements with 25 State geological agencies [PDF document] located in the 22 coal producing States (Click here to view a map containing each partner’s website). State agency geologists collect, evaluate, and correlate drill hole, mine, and outcrop data that are stored in the USGS NCRDS stratigraphic database. Cooperators also collect samples for geochemical, petrographic, and other analyses (CoalQual data), including coalbed methane (CBM). The stratigraphic, quality, Geographic Information System and other energy related data submitted by States through the cooperative projects provide support to numerous USGS and State coal energy research activities. Public requests for drill hole stratigraphic information from the national coal database are also served through this project. New five year State cooperative agreements began in 2010. (Click here to view a list of project titles and other information about the projects.)
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The Geochemistry Laboratory supports Energy Team needs for inorganic and organic analysis and maintains a laboratory information system (LIMS) for geochemical data tracking and sample storage. The lab provides geochemical expertise and analytical support to Federal, State and County agencies, universities and foreign research organizations).
The U.S. Geological Survey Energy Resources Program has developed coal databases to monitor the location, quantity, and physical and chemical characteristics of U.S. coal and coal-related deposits.
Select any blue-colored state on the U.S. map to view the corresponding State geological agency website(s).
USGS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Pertaining to "Coal"
Energy Resources Program - Coal Quality
USGS National Geospatial Partnerships
National Geologic Map Database - "GEOLEX" Geologic Names Lexicon
Office of Surface Mining Mine Map Repository
U.S. Energy Information Administration
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