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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The new Photomicrograph Atlas!

Website News: The Photomicrograph Atlas
USGS unveils the new Photomicrograph Atlas, part of the organic petrology project. Explore the atlas today!


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Overpressure and hydrocarbon accumulations in Tertiary strata, Gulf Coast of Louisiana

Outside Publication: AAPG Search and Discovery
Many oil and gas reservoirs in Tertiary strata of southern Louisiana are located close to the interface between a sand-rich, normally pressured sequence and an underlying sand-poor, overpressured sequence. This association, recognized for many years by Gulf Coast explorationists, is revisited here because of its relevance to an assessment of undiscovered oil and gas potential in the Gulf Coast of Louisiana. 


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Assessment of Potential Additions to Conventional Oil and Gas Resources in Discovered Fields of the United States from Reserve Growth, 2012

Press Release & Publication
The U.S. Geological Survey estimated volumes of technically recoverable, conventional petroleum resources that have the potential to be added to reserves from reserve growth in 70 discovered oil and gas accumulations of the United States, excluding Federal offshore areas.


Monday, August 13, 2012

Global Prediction of Continuous Hydrocarbon Accumulations in Self-Sourced Reservoirs

USGS Publication: Open-File Report 2012‒1091
Shale resource plays occur in predictable tectonic settings within similar orders of magnitude of eustatic events. A conceptual model for predicting the presence of resource-quality shales is essential for evaluating components of continuous petroleum systems.


Thursday, August 09, 2012

Analytic Resource Assessment Method for Continuous (Unconventional) Oil and Gas Accumulations

The "ACCESS" Method

USGS Publication: Open-File Report 2012–1146
The purpose of this report is to explain the development of an analytic probabilistic method and spreadsheet software system called Analytic Cell-Based Continuous Energy Spreadsheet System (ACCESS). The ACCESS spreadsheet can be used to calculate estimates of the undeveloped oil, gas, and NGL (natural gas liquids) resources in a continuous-type assessment unit.


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