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USGS
April 9, 2008

3 to 4.3 Billion Barrels of Oil in North Dakota and Montana

The USGS has determined that the Bakken Formation, in North Dakota and Montana, has 25 times more technically recoverable oil than was estimated in the USGS's 1995 assessment. We sit down with USGS scientists Brenda Pierce and Rich Pollastro to learn more.

Clinker formation near Medora, North Dakota
December 31, 2006

Clinker formation near Medora, North Dakota

Clinker is formed whn rock units that overlie exposed burning coal seams are baked and fused. The red clinker is more resistant to erosion than non-baked adjacent Fort Union Formation sandstone and forms the caps of many plateaus and buttes.

Watford water depot near the center of the Williston structural basin
December 31, 2006

Watford water depot near the center of the Williston structural basin

Watford water depot. Water depots supply water for hydraulically-fractured oil and gas wells. The Watford City water depot is located near the center of the Williston structural basin

Landscape near the northern Theodore Roosevelt National Park
December 31, 2006

Landscape near the northern Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Landscape near the northern Theodore Roosevelt National Park is characterized by the eroded Fort Union Formation.Photo is taken along Highway 85.

Wetland water depot south of Watford City, North Dakota
December 31, 2006

Wetland water depot south of Watford City, North Dakota

Wetland water depot. Some North Dakota ranchers have converted their wetland water rights for industrial use as water depots. Photo taken south of Watford City, North Dakota

Collecting DC resistivity data to define subsurface gravel channels
October 13, 2006

Collecting DC resistivity data to define subsurface gravel channels

Collecting DC resistivity data to define subsurface gravel channels. Bakken Formation of North Dakota.

Image: Flooding in Grand Forks, North Dakota in 1997
April 21, 1997

Flooding in Grand Forks, North Dakota in 1997

Downtown Grand Forks, North Dakota flooded by the Red River of the North in 1997.

Image: Flooding in Grand Forks, North Dakota in 1997
April 16, 1997

Flooding in Grand Forks, North Dakota in 1997

The flag of the United States of American flies over flood water in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Image: Flooding in Grand Forks, North Dakota in 1997
April 16, 1997

Flooding in Grand Forks, North Dakota in 1997

Flood waters inundated Grand Forks, North Dakota and East Grand Forks, Minnesota.The picture is looking west to Grand Forks, North Dakota and the  USGS gage house is the small white square in the center of the picture.

Image: Yellowstone River near Cartwright, North Dakota
May 13, 1960

Yellowstone River near Cartwright, North Dakota

Yellowstone River near Cartwright, North Dakota. Looking from the left bank toward main pier nearest the left bank.

Image: Missouri River at Bismarck, North Dakota
April 1, 1953

Missouri River at Bismarck, North Dakota

The Missouri River at Bismarck, North Dakota. View from Memorial Highway Bridge looking upstream, showing channel under partial ice cover.

USGS
February 28, 2019

The 2011 Floods in North Dakota: The Response Efforts of the USGS

The 2011 Floods in North Dakota: The Response Efforts of the USGS North Dakota Water Science Center