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Assessment of undiscovered continuous tight-gas resources in the Mesaverde Group and Wasatch Formation, Uinta-Piceance Province, Utah and Colorado, 2018

Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated undiscovered, technically recoverable mean resources of 24 trillion cubic feet of gas in the Mesaverde Group and Wasatch Formation of the Uinta-Piceance Province in northeast Utah and northwest Colorado.

Drake, Ronald M.; Schenk, Christopher J.; Mercier, Tracey J.; Le, Phuong A.; Finn, Thomas M.; Johnson, Ronald C.; Woodall, Cheryl A.; Gaswirth, Stephanie B.; Marra, Kristen R.; Pitman, Janet K.; Leathers-Miller, Heidi M.; Haines, Seth S.; Tennyson, Marilyn E.
Drake, R.M., II, Schenk, C.J., Mercier, T.J., Le, P.A., Finn, T.M., Johnson, R.C., Woodall, C.A., Gaswirth, S.B., Marra, K.R., Pitman, J.K., Leathers-Miller, H.M., Haines, S.S., and Tennyson, M.E., 2019, Assessment of undiscovered continuous tight-gas resources in the Mesaverde Group and Wasatch Formation, Uinta-Piceance Province, Utah and Colorado, 2018: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019–3027, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20193027.

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Connections between Eocene Lakes Uinta and Gosiute with emphasis on the infilling stage of Lake Uinta in Piceance Basin

Late in its history, Eocene saline Lake Gosiute in the Greater Green River Basin, Wyoming and Colorado was progressively filled from north to south with coarse volcaniclastic sediments. During the infilling, Lake Gosiute began to drain southward across the Axial arch into saline Lake Uinta in the Piceance and Uinta Basins, Colorado and Utah (about...

Johnson, Ronald C.; Birdwell, Justin E.; Brownfield, Michael E.; Mercier, Tracey J.; Hansley, Paula L.

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Distribution of mineral phases in the Eocene Green River Formation, Piceance Basin, Colorado – Implications for the evolution of Lake Uinta

The mineralogy of the Eocene Green River Formation in the Piceance Basin, Colorado, has been the subject of numerous studies since the 1920s. Most previous work has focused on the resource potential of these lacustrine mudrocks, which in addition to substantial oil shale potential (in-place resources of 353 billion barrels of synthetic crude oil...

Birdwell, Justin E.; Johnson, Ronald C.; Brownfield, Michael E.

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Gas hydrate production testing – Knowledge gained

Since their initial discovery in the 1960’s, gas hydrates have been considered to be an important potential source of unconventional natural gas. Significant progress has been made relative to our understanding of the geologic and engineering controls on the ultimate energy potential of gas hydrate; however, more work is required to realize the...

Collett, Timothy S.

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Development of deepwater natural gas hydrates

Deepwater natural gas hydrate resources potentially exceed all other conventional and non-conventional hydrocarbon resources on a world-wide basis. However, before these offshore gas hydrate resources can be classified as reserves, it must be demonstrated that gas hydrates can be produced under conditions that make economic sense. The purpose of...

Steve Hancock; Ray Boswell; Collett, Timothy S.
Hancock, S., Boswell, R., and Collet, T.S., 2019, Development of Deepwater Natural Gas Hydrates: Proceedings of the 2019 Offshore Technology Conference. Available at: https://doi.org/10.4043/29374-MS

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Calcrete uranium deposits in the Southern High Plains, USA

The Southern High Plains (SHP) is a new and emerging U.S. uranium province. Here, uranyl vanadates form deposits in Pliocene to Pleistocene sandstone, dolomite, and limestone. Fifteen calcrete uranium occurrences are identified; two of these, the Buzzard Draw and Sulfur Springs Draw deposits, have combined in-place resources estimated at about 4...

Hall, Susan; Van Gosen, Bradley S.; Paces, James B.; Zielinski, Robert A.

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Ordovician Point Pleasant/Utica-Lower Paleozoic Total Petroleum System—Revisions to the Utica-Lower Paleozoic Total Petroleum System in the Appalachian Basin Province

Hydrocarbon reserves and technically recoverable undiscovered resources in continuous accumulations are present in Upper Ordovician strata in the Appalachian Basin Province. The province includes parts of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. The Upper Ordovician strata are part...

Enomoto, Catherine B.; Trippi, Michael H.; Higley, Debra K.
Enomoto, C.B., Trippi, M.H., and Higley, D.K., 2019, Ordovician Point Pleasant/Utica-Lower Paleozoic Total Petroleum System—Revisions to the Utica-Lower Paleozoic Total Petroleum System in the Appalachian Basin Province: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5025, 6 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195025.

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Assessment of Mesozoic tight-oil and tight-gas resources in the Sichuan Basin of China, 2018

Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated undiscovered, technically recoverable mean resources of 1.2 billion barrels of tight oil and 29.1 trillion cubic feet of tight gas in Mesozoic formations in the Sichuan Basin of China.

Potter, Christopher J.; Schenk, Christopher J.; Mercier, Tracey J.; Tennyson, Marilyn E.; Finn, Thomas M.; Woodall, Cheryl A.; Leathers-Miller, Heidi M.; Marra, Kristen R.; Le, Phuong A.; Drake, Ronald M.; Brownfield, Michael E.; Pitman, Janet K.
Potter, C.J., Schenk, C.J., Mercier, T.J., Tennyson, M.E., Finn, T.M., Woodall, C.A., Leathers-Miller, H.M., Marra, K.R., Le, P.A., Drake, R.M., II, Brownfield, M.E., and Pitman, J.K., 2019, Assessment of Mesozoic tight-oil and tight-gas resources in the Sichuan Basin of China, 2018: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019–3010, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20193010.

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Assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources in the Tindouf Basin Province, North Africa, 2018

Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated undiscovered, technically recoverable mean resources of 2.6 billion barrels of oil and 123.9 trillion cubic feet of gas in the Tindouf Basin Province of North Africa.

Brownfield, Michael E.; Schenk, Christopher J.; Mercier, Tracey J.; Woodall, Cheryl A.; Le, Phuong A.; Tennyson, Marilyn E.; Finn, Thomas M.; Gaswirth, Stephanie B.; Pitman, Janet K.; Marra, Kristen R.; Leathers-Miller, Heidi M.; Drake, Ronald M.
Brownfield, M.E., Schenk, C.J., Mercier, T.J., Woodall, C.A., Le, P.A., Tennyson, M.E., Finn, T.M., Gaswirth, S.B., Pitman, J.K., Marra, K.R., Leathers-Miller, H.M., and Drake, R.M., II, 2019, Assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources in the Tindouf Basin Province, North Africa, 2018: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019–3006, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20193006.

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Geochemistry of a thermally immature Eagle Ford Group drill core in central Texas

The Upper Cretaceous Eagle Ford Group displays significant lateral and vertical geochemical variability. Much of the work on the Eagle Ford Group has been focused southwest of the San Marcos arch. To more fully characterize the Eagle Ford across the entire region, a thermally immature drill core was acquired north of the San Marcos arch that...

French, Katherine L.; Birdwell, Justin E.; Whidden, Katherine J.

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Structure contour and overburden maps of the Niobrara interval of the Upper Cretaceous Cody Shale in the Wind River Basin, Wyoming

The Wind River Basin in central Wyoming is one of many structural and sedimentary basins that formed in the Rocky Mountain foreland during the Laramide orogeny. The basin is bounded by the Washakie, Owl Creek, and southern Bighorn uplifts on the north, the Casper arch on the east, the Granite Mountains uplift on the south, and Wind...

Finn, Thomas M.
Finn, T.M., 2019, Structure contour and overburden maps of the Niobrara interval of the Upper Cretaceous Cody Shale in the Wind River Basin, Wyoming: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3427, pamphlet 9 p., 2 sheets, scale 1:500,000, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3427

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Strontium residual salt analyses (SrRSA) and geochemistry of Bakken Formation core samples from Fleckten 1-20, North Dakota

Samples of Bakken Formation core from the Fleckton 1-20 well in Ward County, North Dakota, were analyzed using the Strontium Residual Salt Analysis (SrRSA) method to assess pore-water communication among the upper, middle, and lower sections of the unit by analyzing 87Sr/86Sr in pore-water salts leached from the core. Major and trace element...

Peterman, Zell; Futa, Kiyoto; Oliver, Thomas