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Impact of formation water geochemistry and crude oil biodegradation on microbial methanogenesis

Converting non-producible crude oil to CH4 via methanogenic crude oil biodegradation in oil reservoirs could serve as one way to increase our energy profile. Yet, field data supporting the direct relationship between methanogenesis and crude oil biodegradation are sparse. Indicators of methanogenesis, based on the formation water and gas...

Shelton, Jenna L.; McIntosh, Jennifer C.; Warwick, Peter D.; McCray, John E.

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Total Petroleum Systems of the Michigan Basin—Petroleum geology and geochemistry and assessment of undiscovered resources

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Swezey, Christopher S.
Swezey, C.S., Hatch, J.R., East, J.A., Hayba, D.O., and Repetski, J.E., 2015, Total Petroleum Systems of the Michigan Basin—Petroleum geology and geochemistry and assessment of undiscovered resources, in: Geologic Assessment of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources of the U.S. Portion of the Michigan Basin (by U.S. Geological Survey Michigan Basin Assessment Team): U.S. Geological Survey Digital Data Series DDS-69-T, Chapter 2, 162p.

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Geologic framework for the national assessment of carbon dioxide storage resources—Southern Rocky Mountain Basins: Chapter M in Geologic framework for the national assessment of carbon dioxide storage resources

The U.S. Geological Survey has completed an assessment of the potential geologic carbon dioxide storage resources in the onshore areas of the United States. To provide geological context and input data sources for the resources numbers, framework documents are being prepared for all areas that were investigated as part of the national assessment....

Warwick, Peter D.; Corum, M.D.; Merrill, Matthew D.; Drake, Ronald M.; Buursink, Marc L.; Craddock, William H.; East, Joseph A.; Slucher, Ernie R.; Warwick, Peter D.; Brennan, Sean T.; Blondes, Madalyn S.; Freeman, Philip A.; Cahan, Steven M.; DeVera, Christina A.; Lohr, Celeste D.
Merrill, M.D., Drake, R.M., II, Buursink, M.L., Craddock, W.H., East, J.A., Slucher, E.R., Warwick, P.D., Brennan, S.T., Blondes, M.S., Freeman, P.A., Cahan, S.M., DeVera, C.A., and Lohr, C.D., 2016, Geologic framework for the national assessment of carbon dioxide storage resources—Southern Rocky Mountain Basins, chap. M of Warwick, P.D., and Corum, M.D., eds., Geologic framework for the national assessment of carbon dioxide storage resources: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012–1024–M, 59 p., at http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20121024M.

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Calorific value and compositional ultimate analysis with a case study of a Texas lignite

Measurements to determine coal quality as fuel include proximate analysis, ultimate analysis and calorific value. The latter is an attribute taking non-negative real values, so a simple transformation is sufficient for its spatial modeling applying geostatistics. The analyses, however, involve proportions that follow the...

Olea, Ricardo A.; Luppens, James; Egozcue, Juan J.; Pawlowsky-Glahn, Vera

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Decadal-scale export of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment from the Susquehanna River basin, USA: Analysis and synthesis of temporal and spatial patterns

The export of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and suspended sediment (SS) is a long-standing management concern for the Chesapeake Bay watershed, USA. Here we present a comprehensive evaluation of nutrient and sediment loads over the last three decades at multiple locations in the Susquehanna River basin (SRB), Chesapeake's largest tributary...

Zhang, Qian; Ball, William P.; Moyer, Douglas

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Mercury in U.S. coal—Priorities for new U.S. Geological Survey studies

In 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced emissions standards, known as Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), for a range of toxic constituents from coal-fired utility power stations and other combustion sources. This report presents the findings of an expert panel convened in September 2014 to assess the role of the U....

Kolker, Allan
Kolker, Allan, 2016, Mercury in U.S. coal—Priorities for new U.S. Geological Survey studies: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1033, 21 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161033.

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Best practices in passive remote sensing VNIR hyperspectral system hardware calibrations

Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) is an exciting and rapidly expanding area of instruments and technology in passive remote sensing. Due to quickly changing applications, the instruments are evolving to suit new uses and there is a need for consistent definition, testing, characterization and calibration. This paper seeks to outline a broad prescription...

Jablonski, Joseph; Durell, Christopher; Slonecker, Terrance; Wong, Kwok ; Simon, Blair; Eichelberger, Andrew; Osterberg, Jacob
Jablonski, J., Durell, C., Slonecker, T., Wang, K., Simon, B., Eichelberger, A. and Osterberg, J., 2016, May. Best practices in passive remote sensing VNIR hyperspectral system hardware calibrations. In SPIE Commercial+ Scientific Sensing and Imaging (pp. 986004-986004). International Society for Optics and Photonics.

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Coesite in suevites from the Chesapeake Bay impact structure

The occurrence of coesite in suevites from the Chesapeake Bay impact structure is confirmed within a variety of textural domains in situ by Raman spectroscopy for the first time and in mechanically separated grains by X-ray diffraction. Microtextures of coesite identified in situ investigated under transmitted light and by scanning...

Jackson, John C.; Horton, J. Wright; Chou, I-Ming; Belkin, Harvey E.
Jackson, J. C., Horton, J. W., Chou, I.-M. and Belkin, H. E. (2016), Coesite in suevites from the Chesapeake Bay impact structure. Meteorit Planet Sci, 51: 946–965.

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Organic petrology and geochemistry of Eocene Suzak bituminous marl, north-central Afghanistan: Depositional environment and source rock potential

Organic geochemistry and petrology of Eocene Suzak bituminous marl outcrop samples from Madr village in north-central Afghanistan were characterized via an integrated analytical approach to evaluate depositional environment and source rock potential. Multiple proxies suggest the organic-rich (TOC ∼6 wt.%) bituminous marls are ‘immature’ for...

Hackley, Paul C.; Sanfilipo, John

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Notes on the origin of copromacrinite based on nitrogen functionalities and δ13C and δ15N determined on samples from the Peach Orchard coal bed, southern Magoffin County, Kentucky

This paper represents the first attempt to show, by means other than just petrographic ones, that one type of macrinite, herein designated copromacrinite, may result from macrofauna feces. For that purpose a combination of coal petrography, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and elemental-analysis continuous-flow isotope ratio mass spectrometry...

Valentim, Bruno; Algarra, Manuel; Guedes, Alexandra; Ruppert, Leslie F.; Hower, James C.

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Forest cover changes due to hydrocarbon extraction disturbance in central Pennsylvania (2004–2010)

The state of Pennsylvania has a long history of oil and gas extraction. In recent years with advances in technology such as hydraulic fracturing, hydrocarbon sources that were not profitable in the past are now being exploited. Here, we present an assessment of the cumulative impact of oil and gas extraction activities on the forests of 35...

Roig-Silva, Coral; Slonecker, Terrance; Milheim, Lesley; Ballew, Jesse R.; Winters, S. Gail
Coral M. Roig-Silva, E. Terrence Slonecker, Lesley E. Milheim, Jesse R. Ballew & S. Gail Winters (2016): Forest cover changes due to hydrocarbon extraction disturbance in central Pennsylvania (2004–2010), Journal of Maps, DOI: 10.1080/17445647.2016.1170642

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Revisions to the original extent of the Devonian Shale-Middle and Upper Paleozoic Total Petroleum System

Technically recoverable undiscovered hydrocarbon resources in continuous accumulations are present in Upper Devonian and Lower Mississippian strata in the Appalachian Basin Petroleum Province. The province includes parts of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. The Upper...

Enomoto, Catherine B.; Rouse, William A.; Trippi, Michael H.; Higley, Debra K.
Enomoto, C.B., Rouse, W.A., Trippi, M.H., and Higley, D.K., 2016, Revisions to the original extent of the Devonian Shale-Middle and Upper Paleozoic Total Petroleum System: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1018, 6 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161018.

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