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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

EarthWord - Gas Hydrate

Gas Hydrate Definition
Gas hydrate is a naturally-occurring, ice-like form of methane and water that is stable within a narrow range of pressure and temperature conditions. These conditions are mostly found in undersea sediments at water depths greater than 1000 to 1650 ft and in and beneath permafrost (permanently frozen ground) at high latitudes.

Monday, July 17, 2017

USGS Releases Three Approaches for Estimating Recovery Factors in Carbon Dioxide Enhanced Oil Recovery

Technical Announcement  
The U.S. Geological Survey has evaluated three methods for estimating how much oil and gas could be produced by injecting carbon dioxide (CO2) into petroleum reservoirs.


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

USGS Releases New Standards for Natural Gas

Technical Announcement  
Scientists, resource managers, and industry have new natural gas standards available, courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey. These reference gases are the replacement for the prior standards maintained by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology.


Thursday, March 03, 2016

USGS Assesses Baseline Conditions Prior to Uranium Mining near Grand Canyon National Park

USGS News
Scientists have collected and analyzed 84 environmental samples to establish baseline data prior to any active uranium mining activities at the Canyon Uranium Mine, located south of Grand Canyon National Park.  This baseline information will play an important role in assessing if contaminants escape from the mine site and how they would move through the environment once mining operations begin.


Thursday, February 18, 2016

2016 Updates of the National Produced Waters Geochemical Database and Map Viewer

Technical Announcement
The USGS has released v2.2 of the National Produced Waters Geochemical Database and Map Viewer. The current version now has 165,960 samples from 32 sources (from single publications to large datasets), and includes more isotopic data, more time-series data, and has greater spatial coverage.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Preliminary Wind Energy Impacts Assessment Methodology Released

USGS Technical Release

USGS has released a preliminary methodology to assess the population level impacts of onshore wind energy development on birds and bats.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

USGS Powder River Basin Coal Assessment Features an Estimate of the Reserve Base

USGS Technical Release
The latest coal resource assessment of the Powder River Basin showcases the newly revised USGS’ assessment methodology, which, for the first time, includes an estimate of the reserve base for the entire basin.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Appalachian Basin Energy Resources -- A New Look at an Old Basin

USGS Technical Release & Publication
Appalachian coal and petroleum resources are still available in sufficient quantities to contribute significantly to fulfilling the nation’s energy needs, according to a recent study by the USGS.


Friday, September 20, 2013

Geologic Carbon Sequestration Methodology

USGS Receives International Endorsement for Geologic Carbon Sequestration Methodology

Technical Announcement
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 reached at two workshops in 2011 and attended by the geological surveys of Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States, together with the IEA.


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