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Date published: November 29, 2018
Status: Active

Denver Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Denver Basin Province 5039 in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming:

  • 2003 Conventional and Continuous Assessment (DDS 69-P)
  • 1995 Assessment (
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Date published: November 29, 2018
Status: Active

Southwestern Wyoming Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas potentional of the Southwestern Wyoming Province 5037 of southwestern Wyoming, northwestern Colorado, and northeastern Utah:

  • 2002 Conventional and Continuous Assessment (DDS 69-D)
  • 1995 Assessment (
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Date published: November 29, 2018
Status: Active

Wyoming Thrust Belt Oil and Gas Assessments

 

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Wyoming Thrust Belt Province 5036 in Wyoming, Idaho, and Utah:

  • 2017 Conventional Assessment (Fact Sheet 2017-3091, Digital Data Series 69-H)
  • 2013 Conventional Assessment (
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Date published: November 29, 2018
Status: Active

Wind River Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas potential of the Wind River Basin Province 5035 in central Wyoming:

  • 2018 Continuous Assessment (Fact Sheet 2018-3076)
  • 2005 Conventional and Continuous Assessment (
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Date published: November 29, 2018
Status: Active

Bighorn Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas potential of the Bighorn Basin Province 5034:

  • 2008 Conventional and Continuous Assessment (DDS 69-V)
  • 1995 Assessment (
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Date published: November 19, 2018
Status: Active

World Oil and Gas Resource Assessments

The USGS World Energy Project conducts geologic studies that provide an understanding of the quantity, quality, and geologic distribution of world oil and gas resources. Our geologic studies are conducted in an impartial manner and are performed in collaboration and partnership with energy experts within and outside government. Through synthesis and improved understanding of global oil and gas...

Date published: November 19, 2018
Status: Active

Hanna, Laramie, Shirley Basins Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resource potential of the Hanna, Laramie, and Shirley Basins Province 5030 in Wyoming and northeastern Colorado:

  • 2005 Assessment (DDS 69-K)
  • 1995 Assessment (
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Date published: November 19, 2018
Status: Active

North-Central Montana Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the North-Central Montana and Williston Basin Provinces 5028 of central Montana and western North Dakota:

Date published: November 19, 2018
Status: Active

Montana Thrust Belt Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Montana Thrust Belt Province 5027 of northwestern Montana:

  • 2002 Conventional and Continuous Assessment (Fact Sheet 148-02)
  • 1995 Assessment (
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Date published: November 19, 2018
Status: Active

San Juan Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the San Juan Basin Province of northwestern New Mexico and southwestern Colorado 5022:

Date published: November 19, 2018
Status: Active

Paradox Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Paradox Basin Province of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona 5021:

Date published: November 19, 2018
Status: Active

Uinta-Piceance Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

In 2016, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) completed a geology-based assessment of the continuous (unconventional) oil and gas resources in the Late Cretaceous Mancos Shale within the Piceance Basin of the Uinta-Piceance Province 5020. See USGS press release...

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Date published: November 30, 2018

Downloadable Data for Anadarko Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

Downloadable Data for Anadarko Basin Oil and Gas Assessments 

Date published: November 30, 2018

Downloadable Data for South Florida Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

Downloadable Data for South Florida Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

Date published: November 29, 2018

Downloadable Data for Bend Arch-Fort Worth Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

Downloadable Data for Bend Arch-Fort Worth Basin Oil and Gas Assessments 

Date published: November 29, 2018

Downloadable Data for Raton Basin-Sierra Grande Uplift Oil and Gas Assessments

Downloadable Data for Raton Basin-Sierra Grande Uplift Oil and Gas Assessments 

Date published: November 29, 2018

Downloadable Data for Denver Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

Downloadable Data for Denver Basin Oil and Gas Assessments 

Date published: November 29, 2018

Downloadable Data for Wyoming Thrust Belt Oil and Gas Assessments

Downloadable Data for Wyoming Thrust Belt Oil and Gas Assessments 

Date published: November 29, 2018

Downloadable Data for Southwestern Wyoming Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

Downloadable Data for Southwestern Wyoming Basin Oil and Gas Assessments 

Date published: November 29, 2018

Downloadable Data for Montana Thrust Belt Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

Downloadable Data for Montana Thrust Belt Basin Oil and Gas Assessments 

Date published: November 29, 2018

Downloadable Data for North Central Montana Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

Downloadable Data for North Central Montana Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

Date published: November 29, 2018

Downloadable Data for Hanna, Laramie and Shirley Basins Oil and Gas Assessments

 Downloadable Data for Hanna, Laramie and Shirley Basins Oil and Gas Assessments 

Date published: November 29, 2018

Downloadable Data for Uinta-Piceance Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

Downloadable Data for Uinta-Piceance Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

Date published: November 29, 2018

Downloadable Data for Paradox Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

Downloadable Data for Paradox Basin Oil and Gas Assessments 

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Year Published: 2017

How the solid earth works

No abstract available.

Bundtzen, Thomas K.; Nokleberg, Warren J.; Price, Raymond A.; Scholl, David W.; Stone, David B.; Price, Raymond A.
Price, R.A., How the Solid Earth Works, 2017, in Nokleberg, W.J., ed., Dynamic Geology of the Northern Cordillera (Alaska and Western Canada) and Adjacent Marine Areas: Tectonics, Hazards, and Resources: University of Alaska ScholarWorks@UA, 65 p.

Year Published: 2017

Mineralogical characterization of weathered outcrops as a tool for constraining water chemistry predictions during project planning

Weathered samples from naturally exposed outcrops of troctolite associated with a magmatic Ni-Cu sulphide deposit were characterized by synchrotron-based micro-X-ray fluorescence mapping (µ-XRF) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), as well as by lab-based X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and wet chemical methods....

Diedrich, Tamara; Fix, Paul; Foster, Andrea L.
T. Diedrich, P. Fix, and A. Foster (2017) Mineralogical characterization of weathered outcrops as a tool for constraining water chemistry predictions during project planning. Proceedings of IMWA 2017, "Mine Water and Circular Economy" , Wolkersdorfer C, Sartz L., and Hakkinen A, Editors, p. 712-719

Year Published: 2017

Miocene−Pleistocene deformation of the Saddle Mountains: Implications for seismic hazard in central Washington, USA

The Yakima fold province, located in the backarc of the Cascadia subduction zone, is a region of active strain accumulation and deformation distributed across a series of fault-cored folds. The geodetic network in central Washington has been used to interpret large-scale N-S shortening and westward-increasing strain; however, geodetic data are...

Staisch, Lydia M.; Kelsey, Harvey; Sherrod, Brian; Möller, Andreas; Paces, James B.; Blakely, Richard J.; Styron, Richard
Lydia Staisch, Harvey Kelsey, Brian Sherrod, Andreas Möller, James Paces, Richard Blakely, Richard Styron; Miocene−Pleistocene deformation of the Saddle Mountains: Implications for seismic hazard in central Washington, USA. GSA Bulletin doi: https://doi.org/10.1130/B31783.1

Year Published: 2017

Natural hazards and neotectonics

No abstract available.

Bundtzen, Thomas K.; Nokleberg, Warren J.; Price, Raymond A.; Scholl, David W.; Stone, David B.; Nokleberg, Warren J.; Stone, David B.
Nokleberg, W.J., and Stone, D.B., 2017, Natural Hazards and Tectonics, in Nokleberg, W.J., ed., Dynamic Geology of the Northern Cordillera (Alaska and Western Canada) and Adjacent Marine Areas: Tectonics, Hazards, and Resources: University of Alaska ScholarWorks@UA, 117 p.

Year Published: 2017

The late Cenozoic Eastern California Shear Zone after 25 years of study

No abstract available.

Miller, David M.
Miller, D.M., 2017, The late Cenozoic Eastern California Shear Zone after 25 years of study, in Reynolds, R.E., ed., Revisiting the Eastern California Shear Zone: California State University, Fullerton, Desert Studies Consortium, p. 45-54.

Year Published: 2017

Impact-related microspherules in Late Pleistocene Alaskan and Yukon “muck” deposits signify recurrent episodes of catastrophic emplacement

Large quantities of impact-related microspherules have been found in fine-grained sediments retained within seven out of nine, radiocarbon-dated, Late Pleistocene mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) and bison (Bison priscus) skull fragments. The well-preserved fossils were recovered from frozen “muck” deposits (organic-rich silt) exposed within the...

Hagstrum, Jonathan T.; Firestone, Richard B.; West, Allen; Weaver, James C.; Bunch, Ted E.
Hagstrum, JT, Firestone, RB, West, A, Weaver, JC, and Bunch, TE (2017) Impact-related microspherules in Late Pleistocene Alaskan and Yukon “muck” deposits signify recurrent episodes of catastrophic emplacement. Scientific Reports 7:16620, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-16958-2.

Year Published: 2017

Introduction to the 2008 Circum-Arctic Resource Appraisal (CARA) professional paper

The amount of yet-to-find oil and gas in the high northern latitudes is one of the great uncertainties of future energy supply. The possibility of extensive new petroleum developments in the Arctic Ocean is of interest to the Arctic nations, to petroleum companies, and to those concerned with the delicate and changing Arctic environment. The U.S....

Moore, Thomas E.; Gautier, D.L.; Gautier, Donald L.; Moore, Thomas E.
Gautier, D.L., and Moore, T.E., 2017, Introduction to the 2008 Circum-Arctic Resource Appraisal (CARA) professional paper, chap. A of Moore, T.E., and Gautier, D.L., eds., The 2008 Circum-Arctic Resource Appraisal: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1824, 9 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/pp1824A.

Year Published: 2017

Lidar-revised geologic map of the Des Moines 7.5' quadrangle, King County, Washington

This map is an interpretation of a modern lidar digital elevation model combined with the geology depicted on the Geologic Map of the Des Moines 7.5' Quadrangle, King County, Washington (Booth and Waldron, 2004). Booth and Waldron described, interpreted, and located the geology on the 1:24,000-scale topographic map of the Des Moines 7.5'...

Tabor, Rowland W.; Booth, Derek B.
Tabor, R.W., and Booth, D.B., 2017, Lidar-revised geologic map of the Des Moines 7.5' quadrangle, King County, Washington: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3384, 17 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:24,000, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3384.

Year Published: 2017

Geologic road guides for the Southern Canadian Cordillera--Viewing geology and tectonics along major highways

The Geologic Road Guides for the Southern Canadian Cordillera provide a layperson’s understanding of the major geologic units and their tectonic origins along portions of two sets of major highways corridors, herein termed the Southern Road Guide and the Northern Road Guide. The two routes are shown on the Southern Canadian Cordillera Geologic Map...

Bundtzen, Thomas K.; Nokleberg, Warren J.; Price, Raymond A.; Scholl, David W.; Stone, David B.; Nokleberg, Warren J.; Price, Raymond A.

Year Published: 2017

Introduction

No abstract available.

Bundtzen, Thomas K.; Nokleberg, Warren J.; Price, Raymond A.; Scholl, David W.; Stone, David B.; Nokleberg, Warren J.
Nokleberg, W.J., 2017, Introduction to E-Book on Dynamic Geology of the Northern Cordillera (Alaska and Western Canada) and Adjacent Marine Areas: Tectonics, Hazards, and Resources, in Nokleberg, W.J., ed., Dynamic Geology of the Northern Cordillera (Alaska and Western Canada) and Adjacent Marine Areas: Tectonics, Hazards, and Resources: University of Alaska ScholarWorks@UA, 18 p.

Year Published: 2017

Landscapes and seascapes and tectonics

No abstract available.

Bundtzen, Thomas K.; Nokleberg, Warren J.; Price, Raymond A.; Scholl, David W.; Stone, David B.; Nokleberg, Warren J.; Scholl, David; Bundtzen, Thomas K.; Stone, David B.
Nokleberg, W.J., Bundtzen, T.K., Scholl, D.W., and Stone, D.B., 2017, Landscapes and Seascapes and Tectonics, in Nokleberg, W.J., ed., Dynamic Geology of the Northern Cordillera (Alaska and Western Canada) and Adjacent Marine Areas: Tectonics, Hazards, and Resources: University of Alaska ScholarWorks@UA, 59 p.

Year Published: 2017

Marine geology and tectonics--What is under all that water?

This chapter is divided into two main sections. The first section is on Marine Geology Seascapes (what earth scientists call bathymetry). The second section is on Tectonics of Marine Areas.

Bundtzen, Thomas K.; Nokleberg, Warren J.; Price, Raymond A.; Scholl, David W.; Stone, David B.; Scholl, David W.; Nokleberg, Warren J.

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Close up of Chalcopyrite
March 23, 2017

Chalcopyrite

Mineral: Chalcopyrite
Mineral Origin: Bingham Canyon, UT
Primary Commodity: Copper
Primary Commodity Uses: Copper is used primarily in electronics, mostly in building construction and industrial electronics.

Close up of Spodumene
March 23, 2017

Spodumene

Mineral origin: Hallman Beam Mine, Cherryville, NC
Primary mineral commodity: Lithium
Uses: batteries for cell phones, laptops, and electric and hybrid vehicles

Close up of Alumina-Zirconia
March 23, 2017

Alumina-Zirconia Abrasive

Mineral: Alumina-Zirconia Abrasive
Mineral Origin: Manufactured in Huntsville, AL (Sample on loan from J.B. Hedrick)
Primary Commodity: Aluminum and zirconia
Primary Commodity Uses: This abrasive is primarily used in metal casting and the foundry process

Close up of Chromite
March 23, 2017

Chromite

Mineral: Chromite
Mineral Origin: Owings Mills, MD
Primary Commodity: Chromium
Primary Commodity Uses: Chromium mostly goes into stainless steel and other alloys, as well as in color pigments.

Full view of salt, sodium, chlorine sample
March 23, 2017

Salt, Sodium, Chlorine

Mineral: Halite (NaCl)
Primary mineral Commodity: Salt
Commodity Uses: Highway deicing accounted for about 44% of total salt consumed in 2016. Salt is also used as feedstock for chlorine and caustic soda manufacture; these two inorganic chemicals are used to make many consumer-related end-use products, such as

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Close up of Sphalerite
March 23, 2017

Sphalerite

Sphalerite, zinc sulfide, is and has been the principal ore mineral in the world. Zinc uses range from metal products to rubber and medicines. Zinc alloys readily with other metals and is chemically active. On exposure to air, it develops a thin gray oxide film (patina), which inhibits deeper oxidation (corrosion) of the metal. The metal’s resistance to corrosion is an

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Close up of Chalcopyrite, Pentlandite, and Pyrrhotite
March 23, 2017

Chalcopyrite, Pentlandite, and Pyrrhotite

Mineral: Chalcopyrite, Pentlandite, Pyrrhotite
Mineral Origin: Creighton Mine, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada (Sample on loan from George J. Coakley)
Primary Commodity: Copper and nickel
Primary Commodity Uses: Copper is used primarily in electronics, mostly in building construction and industrial

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Close up of salt, sodium, chlorine
March 23, 2017

Salt, Sodium, Chlorine

Mineral: Halite (NaCl)
Primary mineral Commodity: Salt
Commodity Uses: Highway deicing accounted for about 44% of total salt consumed in 2016. Salt is also used as feedstock for chlorine and caustic soda manufacture; these two inorganic chemicals are used to make many consumer-related end-use products, such as

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Close up Stibnite
March 23, 2017

Stibnite

Stibnite (Sb2S3) is the predominant ore mineral of antimony. Antimony compounds help prevent skin burns, increase battery life, and refine glass used for cellphones. A surprising 83% of antimony consumed stateside is imported—mostly from China—leaving the US susceptible to supply disruption. The largest domestic antimony resource (estimated at 41,000 tonnes) is in a meso-

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Close up of Bertrandite
March 23, 2017

Bertrandite

Mineral: Bertrandite (in carbonate clasts that have been largely replaced by fluorite (purple) that contains submicroscopic bertrandite)
Mineral Origin: Spor Mountain, UT
Primary Commodity: Beryllium
Primary Commodity Uses: Beryllium alloys are used in making connectors, springs, switches

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Full view of Molybdenite
March 23, 2017

Molybdenite

Mineral: Molybdenite
Mineral Origin: Henderson Mine, Empire, CO
Primary Mineral Commodity: Molybdenum
Mineral Commodity Uses: In the late 19th century, French metallurgists discovered that molybdenum, when alloyed (mixed) with steel in small quantities, creates a substance that is remarkably

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Full view of Bauxite sample
March 23, 2017

Bauxite

Mineral: Bauxite
Mineral Origin: Les Baux, France (Sample donated by Gary Kingston)
Primary Commodity: Aluminum and Gallium
Primary Commodity Uses: Aluminum is one of the most used metals on the planet, finding roles in transportation, construction, packaging, electronics, and other consumer

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Date published: October 18, 2017

EarthWord–Gas Hydrate

No, this EarthWord isn’t how natural gas quenches its thirst-it just sounds like it...

Date published: October 16, 2017

When Ice Yields Fire

When can ice yield fire? That’s the burning question at the heart of one of USGS’s longest-running research programs to date: the exploration of gas hydrates.

Date published: October 11, 2017

EarthWord–Discovery

Eureka often accompanies this EarthWord.

Date published: October 6, 2017

EarthWord–Thermal Maturity

No, this EarthWord isn’t a trait of adult petroleum basins, but it is related to how old they are...

Date published: October 5, 2017

Forecasting the World’s Energy Resources

It is difficult to overstate the importance of energy to the American economy.  Managing this vital sector depends on knowing how many energy resources we have, how many we use and need, and how these resources are transported.

Date published: October 4, 2017

EarthWord–Cracking

This EarthWord is probably what you’ve been doing thanks to our fantastic puns...

Date published: October 3, 2017

EarthWord–Continuous Resources

This EarthWord may sound infinite, but it actually refers to a type of finite resource...

Date published: October 1, 2017

New Uranium Mineral Named for USGS Scientist

Everyone’s seen the news–scientists discover a new species of fly and name it for Beyonce; scientists discover a new species of monkey and auction its name off; etc. Hundreds of new species of animals, plants, and other organisms are discovered and named every year. But did you know that dozens of minerals are discovered every year too?

Date published: September 25, 2017

Helicopter Study to Map Beneath Mountain Watershed Near Crested Butte

Editor:  In the public interest and in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations, the USGS is announcing this low-level airborne project. Your assistance in informing the local communities is appreciated.

Date published: August 21, 2017

Stitching Together the New Digital Geologic Quilt of the United States

A carbonatite here, a glacial moraine there, a zig-zagging fault or two, even a behemoth of a batholith. The geology of the 50 States is an enormous patchwork of varied forms, beautiful in their variance but challenging to present as a single map.

Date published: August 11, 2017

MEDIA ADVISORY: Upcoming Low-Level Flights in Oklahoma to Image Unmapped Faults and Underground Geology

Editor:  In the public interest and in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations, the USGS is announcing this low-level airborne project.  Your assistance in informing the local communities is appreciated.

Date published: August 3, 2017

USGS Assesses Billions of Potential Potash Resources in Ukraine

The Dnieper-Donets Basin of Ukraine could contain an estimated 4.3 billion tons of undiscovered potassium-bearing salt according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey assessment. In addition, previous estimates show that the nearby Pripyat Basin of Belarus could contain 80–200 billion metric tons of undiscovered potash resources.