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Thursday, January 04, 2018

Transgressive-regressive cycles in the metalliferous, oil shale-bearing Heath Formation (Upper Mississippian), central Montana

Outside Publication: Stratigraphy
The Upper Mississippian Heath Formation, which accumulated in the Big Snowy Trough of central Montana, has been known for three decades to contain mudrocks highly enriched in Zn, V, Mo, Ni and other metals, and source rocks for oil. The unit has more recently been...

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Nanoscale geochemical and geomechanical characterization of organic matter in shale

Outside Publication: Nature Communications
Solid organic matter (OM) plays an essential role in the generation, migration, storage, and production of hydrocarbons from economically important shale rock formations. Electron microscopy images have documented spatial heterogeneity in the porosity of OM at nanoscale...

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Economics, Helium, and the U.S. Federal Helium Reserve: Summary and Outlook

Outside Publication: Natural Resources Research
In 2017, disruptions in the global supply of helium reminded consumers, distributors, and policy makers that the global helium supply chain lacks flexibility, and that attempts to increase production from the U.S. Federal Helium Reserve (the FHR) may not be able to compensate for the loss of one of the few major producers in the world...

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Significance of Northeast-Trending Features in Canada Basin, Arctic Ocean

Outside Publication: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems Journal

Synthesis of seismic velocity, potential field, and geological data from Canada Basin and its surrounding continental margins suggests that a northeast-trending structural fabric has influenced the origin, evolution, and current tectonics of the basin. This structural fabric has...


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Case study - Dynamic pressure-limited capacity and costs of CO2 storage in the Mount Simon sandstone

Outside Publication: United States Association for Energy Economics

Item #21: Widespread deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) is likely necessary to be able to satisfy baseload electricity demand, to maintain diversity in the energy mix, and to achieve climate and other objectives at the lowest cost. If all of the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions...


Friday, December 01, 2017

The hyper-enrichment of V and Zn in black shales of the Late Devonian-Early Mississippian Bakken Formation (USA)

Outside Publication: Chemical Geology
Black shales of the Late Devonian to Early Mississippian Bakken Formation are characterized by high concentrations of organic carbon and the hyper-enrichment (> 500 to 1000s of mg/kg) of V and Zn...

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Position-specific 13C distributions within propane from experiments and natural gas samples

Outside Publication: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
Site-specific carbon isotope measurements of organic compounds potentially recover information that is lost in a conventional, ‘bulk’ isotopic analysis. Such measurements are useful because isotopically fractionating processes may have distinct effects at different molecular sites, and thermodynamically equilibrated populations...

Thursday, November 02, 2017

High-resolution seismic characterization of the gas and gas hydrate system at Green Canyon 955, Gulf of Mexico, USA

Outside Publication: Marine and Petroleum Geology
The Pliocene and Pleistocene sediments at lease block Green Canyon 955 (GC955) in the Gulf of Mexico include sand-rich strata with high saturations of gas hydrate; these gas hydrate accumulations and the associated geology have been characterized over the past decade using conventional industry three-dimensional...

Friday, October 27, 2017

Grade, tonnage, and location data for world calcrete-type surficial uranium deposits

USGS Publication: Data Release
Grade and tonnage data for calcrete-type surficial uranium deposits found in 11 different countries were compiled. Fifty-eight deposits with reported grade and tonnage, and thirty-five occurrences for which there is no reported resource are tabulated in separate Excel workbook spreadsheets...

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