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Oklahoma

The Southwest Region ranges from the Colorado Rockies to the Gulf Coast and the Western Deserts to the Great Plains. The Southwest Region conducts multi- and interdisciplinary research and monitoring in locations across the Region, the United States, around the world, and across our solar system.

Oklahoma Water Science Center

Oklahoma Water Science Center

The OKWSC collects high-quality hydrologic data and conducts unbiased, scientifically sound research on Oklahoma's water resources.

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South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center

South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center

South Central CASC researchers are working throughout the region to understand how future climate might impact fish, wildlife, water, land, and people.

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The Southwest Region ranges from the Colorado Rockies to the Gulf Coast and the Western Deserts to the Great Plains. The Southwest Region conducts multi- and interdisciplinary research and monitoring in locations across the Region, the United States, around the world, and across our solar system.

News

Date published: April 27, 2021

OTWSC Webinar, Friday May 7th -Grand Lake (Oklahoma) Multibeam Bathymetric Survey

Grand Lake (Oklahoma) Multibeam Bathymetric Survey 2019

USGS Oklahoma-Texas Water Science Center Webinar Series - Friday May 7, 11 am Central

 

Date published: April 13, 2021

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge Summary Results for City / Town Halls in KS & OK

Summary statistics are now available for this challenge. Thanks again to everyone who contributed!

Date published: April 1, 2021

FINISHED!! TNMCorps Mapping Challenge for City / Town Halls in KS & OK

This challenge is now complete! Thank you to everyone who contributed!

Oklahoma Groundwater Effects. Turner Falls, the largest waterfall in Oklahoma, near Davis, Oklahoma. Springs discharging from the Arbuckle-Simpson aquifer into Honey Creek are the source of water to Turner Falls.

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Date published: February 26, 2019
Status: Completed

2017 Midwest Spring Floods

Learn more about USGS flood activities related to the 2017 Midwest Spring Floods that occurred across large portions of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Arkansas in late April and early May, 2017.

Date published: February 26, 2019
Status: Completed

Summer 2015 Central Floods

Learn more about USGS flood activities related to the Summer 2015 Central Floods that occured when heavy rains caused flooding in four states in the central U.S.

Date published: February 25, 2019
Status: Completed

May-June 2013 Midwest Floods

Learn more about USGS flood activities related to the May-June 2013 Midwest Floods.

Date published: February 14, 2019
Status: Active

Hydrologic Summary for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Jurisdictional Area

The objectives of this proposed project are to compile and evaluate existing data and reports from the USGS, other government agencies, and tribes to summarize the types of data that have been collected in the area and identify gaps in those data. Such analysis will provide a comprehensive background document of geographic, hydrologic, and environmental features of the area and will identify...

Contacts: Carol Becker
Date published: December 7, 2018
Status: Active

Arkoma Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Arkoma Basin Province 5062.

     

    Date published: December 7, 2018
    Status: Active

    Southern Oklahoma Oil and Gas Assessments

    The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered continuous oil and gas resources of the Southern Oklahoma Province (5061).

       

      Date published: December 7, 2018
      Status: Active

      Nemaha Uplift Province Oil and Gas Assessment

      The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas potential of the Nemaha Uplift Province (5055).

         

        Date published: December 6, 2018
        Status: Active

        Palo Duro Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

        The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Palo Duro Basin Province 5043 in Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.

           

          Date published: November 30, 2018
          Status: Active

          Cherokee Platform Oil and Gas Assessments

          The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas potential of the Cherokee Platform Province 5060 in Western Oklahoma, Southeast Kandas and Western Missouri.

            Date published: November 30, 2018
            Status: Active

            Anadarko Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

            The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas potential of the Anadarko Basin Province 5058.

               

              Oklahoma Groundwater Effects. Turner Falls, the largest waterfall in Oklahoma, near Davis, Oklahoma. Springs discharging from the Arbuckle-Simpson aquifer into Honey Creek are the source of water to Turner Falls.

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              Date published: June 23, 2020

              Global Geochemical Database for Critical Minerals in Archived Mine Samples

              The Critical Minerals in Archived Mine Samples Database (CMDB) contains chemistry and geologic information for historic ore and ore-related rock samples from mineral deposits in the United States. In addition, the database contains samples from archetypal deposits from 27 other countries in North America, South America, Asia, Africa and Europe. Samples were obtained from archived ore

              Date published: April 23, 2020

              Domestic Wells in the United States

              Domestic wells provide drinking water supply for approximately 40 million people in the United States. Knowing the location of these wells, and the populations they serve, is important for identifying heavily used aquifers, locations susceptible to contamination, and populations potentially impacted by poor-quality groundwater. 

              Date published: September 26, 2019

              Data for assessing the susceptibility of groundwater used for drinking water supply from selected principal aquifers of the Western United States, 2004-2018

              Groundwater age distribution and susceptibility to natural and anthropogenic contaminants were assessed for selected principal aquifers of the Western United States: the Central Valley aquifer system (CVAL), the Basin and Range basin-fill aquifers (BNRF), the Rio Grande aquifer system (RIOG), the High Plains aquifer (HPAQ), the Columbia Plateau basaltic-rock aquifers (

              Date published: July 12, 2019

              Crustal Architecture Beneath the Southern Midcontinent (USA) -- Data Grids and 3D Geophysical Models

              Regional grid files and 3D voxel models were used to study crustal architecture beneath the Southern Midcontinent (USA) by McCafferty and others (2019). The study covered a rectangular, multi-state area of 924 by 924 kilometers centered on Missouri, and a corresponding volume extending from the topographic surface to a depth of 50 kilometers below sea level. The grid files consist of

              Date published: December 6, 2018

              Downloadable Data for Southern Oklahoma Oil and Gas Assessments

              GIS Data for Southern Oklahoma 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 

              Oklahoma Groundwater Effects. Turner Falls, the largest waterfall in Oklahoma, near Davis, Oklahoma. Springs discharging from the Arbuckle-Simpson aquifer into Honey Creek are the source of water to Turner Falls.

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              Black and grey map of the contiguous 48 states shaded by the number of people using domestic wells per square kilometer (2010)
              April 23, 2020

              Domestic wells provide drinking water supply for approximately 40 million people in the United States. Knowing the location of these wells, and the populations they serve, is important for identifying heavily used aquifers, locations susceptible to contamination, and populations potentially impacted by poor-quality groundwater. 

              GRDA bathymetry
              September 22, 2017

              View topographic and bathymetric contour data and query water depths for the Neosho River, Spring River and Elk River, in northeastern Oklahoma.

              Funding partners: Grand River Dam Authority

              OK earthquake map
              August 2, 2017

              Information on the latest earthquakes in Oklahoma.

              Miami Inundation Pilot Viewer
              January 1, 2017

              View topographic and bathymetric contour data and simulate Neosho River inundation areas for selected (and real-time) water-surface elevations at Grand Lake and the Neosho River streamgage near Commerce

              Funding partners: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Grand River Dam Authority, and Oklahoma Department of Wildlife 

              Shawnee Reservoir Data Viewer
              January 1, 2017

              View topographic and bathymetric contour data and simulate Shawnee (Twin Lakes) Reservoir inundation areas for selected (and real-time) water-surface elevations.

              Funding partners: City of Shawnee

              Digital Elevation Model in the Atchafalaya Basin, LA
              April 19, 2016

              The 3DEP products and services available through The National Map consist of standard digital elevation models (DEMs) at various horizontal resolutions, elevation source and associated datasets, an elevation point query service and bulk point query service. All 3DEP products are available, free of charge and without use restrictions.

              Grand Lake Image
              March 3, 2016

              Grand Lake Data Viewer - View topographic and bathymetric contour data and simulate Grand Lake inundation areas for selected water-surface elevations.

              Funding partners: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Grand River Dam Authority, and Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

               

              dbflood-image
              September 1, 2015

              Flood Database for Oklahoma - Obtain records of historical flood depth and discharge measurements as well as flood-related news clippings.

              Funding partners: Oklahoma Department of Transportation

              StreamStats in Oklahoma
              January 1, 2015

              Delineate custom drainage basins, compute basin characteristics, and estimate streamflow statistics.

              Funding partners: Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Oklahoma Water Resources Board

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              Spectral inversion for seismic site response in central Oklahoma: Low-frequency resonances from the Great Unconformity

              We investigate seismic site response by inverting seismic ground‐motion spectra for site and source spectral properties, in a region of central Oklahoma, where previous ground‐motion studies have indicated discrepancies between observations and ground‐motion models (GMMs). The inversion is constrained by a source spectral model, which we computed...

              Moschetti, Morgan P.; Hartzell, Stephen H.

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              Year Published: 2019

              The LArge-n Seismic Survey in Oklahoma (LASSO) experiment

              In 2016, the U.S. Geological Survey deployed more than 1,800 vertical-component nodal seismometers in Grant County, Oklahoma to study induced seismic activity associated with production of the Mississippi Limestone Play. The LArge-n Seismic Survey in Oklahoma (LASSO) array operated for approximately one month, covering a 25-km-by-32-km region with...

              Dougherty, S.; Cochran, Elizabeth S.; Harrington, R. M.
              Dougherty, S.L., Cochran, E.S., and Harrington, R.M. (2019). The LArge-n Seismic Survey in Oklahoma (LASSO) Experiment, Seismological Research Letters, 90 (5): 2051-2057, doi:10.1785/0220190094.

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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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              Combining dynamic rupture simulations with ground motion data to characterize seismic hazard from Mw 3-5.8 earthquakes in Oklahoma and Kansas

              Many seismically active areas suffer from a lack of near‐source ground‐motion recordings, making ground‐motion prediction difficult at distances within ∼40  km">∼40  km∼40  km from an earthquake. We aim to aid the development of near‐source ground‐motion prediction equations (GMPEs) by generating...

              Bydlon, Samuel; Withers, Kyle; Dunham, Eric M.

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              Rupture model of the M5.8 Pawnee, Oklahoma earthquake from regional and teleseismic waveforms

              The 2016 M5.8 Pawnee, Oklahoma earthquake is the largest earthquake to have been induced by wastewater disposal. We infer the coseismic slip history from analysis of apparent source time functions and inversion of regional and teleseismic P‐waveforms, using aftershocks as empirical Green's functions. The earthquake nucleated on the shallow part of...

              Moschetti, Morgan P.; Hartzell, Stephen H.; Herrmann, R. B.

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              Year Published: 2018

              Ground motions from induced earthquakes in Oklahoma and Kansas

              Improved predictions of earthquake ground motions are critical to advancing seismic hazard analyses and earthquake response. The high seismicity rate from 2009 to 2016 in Oklahoma and Kansas provides an extensive data set for examining the ground motions from these events. We evaluate the ability of three suites of ground‐motion prediction...

              Moschetti, Morgan P.; Thompson, Eric M.; Powers, Peter M.; Hoover, Susan M.; McNamara, Daniel E.

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              Year Published: 2018

              Observations of rotational motions from local earthquakes using two temporary portable sensors in Waynoka, Oklahoma

              Characterizing rotational motions from earthquakes at local distances has the potential to improve earthquake engineering and seismic gradiometry by better characterizing the complete seismic wavefield. Applied Technology Associates (ATA) has developed a proto‐seismic magnetohydrodynamic (SMHD) three‐component rotational rate sensor. We deploy two...

              Ringler, Adam T.; Anthony, Robert E.; Wilson, David C.; Holland, A.A.; Lin, C.-J.

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              Year Published: 2018

              State transportation agencies partner to deploy and enhance ShakeCast

              The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is organizing and leading a three-year Transportation Pooled Fund (TPF) project, Connecting the Dots: Implementing ShakeCast Across Multiple State Departments of Transportation for Rapid Post-Earthquake Response. Ten state Departments of Transportation (DOT)—CA, ID, MO, MS, OK, OR, SC, TX, UT...

              Turner, L.; Wald, David J.; Lin, Kuo-wan; Chiou, Brian; Slosky, Daniel

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              Year Published: 2018

              Induced earthquake and liquefaction hazards in Oklahoma, USA: Constraints from InSAR

              Oklahoma experienced three earthquakes of Mw5.0 or greater in 2016: the 13-Feb. Fairview earthquake (Mw5.1), the 03-Sep. Pawnee earthquake (Mw5.8), and the 07-Nov. Cushing earthquake (Mw5.0). These events are the first earthquakes in the state exceeding Mw5.0 since the 2011 Mw5.7 Prague earthquake and likely result from wide-scale deep...

              Barnhart, William D.; Yeck, William L.; McNamara, Daniel E.
              Barnhart, W. D., Yeck, W. L., & McNamara, D. E. (2018). Induced earthquake and liquefaction hazards in Oklahoma, USA: Constraints from InSAR. Remote Sensing of Environment, 218, 1-12.

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              A flatfile of ground motion intensity measurements from induced earthquakes in Oklahoma and Kansas

              We have produced a uniformly processed database of orientation-independent (RotD50, RotD100) ground motion intensity measurements containing peak horizontal ground motions (accelerations and velocities) and 5-percent-damped pseudospectral accelerations (0.1–10 s) from more than 3,800 M ≥ 3 earthquakes in Oklahoma and Kansas that occurred...

              Rennolet, Steven B.; Moschetti, Morgan P.; Thompson, Eric M.; Yeck, William L.

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              Year Published: 2017

              Assessment of undiscovered resources in calcrete uranium deposits, Southern High Plains region of Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma, 2017

              The U.S. Geological Survey estimates a mean of 40 million pounds of in-place uranium oxide (U3O8) remaining as potential undiscovered resources in the Southern High Plains region of Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. This estimate used a geology-based assessment method specific to calcrete uranium deposits.

              Hall, Susan M.; Mihalasky, Mark J.; Van Gosen, Bradley S.
              Hall, S.M., Mihalasky, M.J., and Van Gosen, B.S., 2017, Assessment of undiscovered resources in calcrete uranium deposits, Southern High Plains region of Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma, 2017: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2017–3078, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20173078.

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              Considerations in comparing the U.S. Geological Survey one‐year induced‐seismicity hazard models with “Did You Feel It?” and instrumental data

              The recent steep increase in seismicity rates in Oklahoma, southern Kansas, and other parts of the central United States led the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to develop, for the first time, a probabilistic seismic hazard forecast for one year (2016) that incorporates induced seismicity. In this study, we explore a process to ground‐truth the...

              White, Isabel; Liu, Taojun; Luco, Nicolas; Liel, Abbie
              White IJO, Liu T, Luco N, & Liel AB (2017), "Considerations in Comparing the U.S. Geological Survey One-Year Induced-Seismicity Hazard Models with "Did You Feel It?" and Instrumental Data," Seismological Research Letters, Vol. 89(1), pp. 127-137.

              Oklahoma Groundwater Effects. Turner Falls, the largest waterfall in Oklahoma, near Davis, Oklahoma. Springs discharging from the Arbuckle-Simpson aquifer into Honey Creek are the source of water to Turner Falls.

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              USGS employees on State Highway 104 near the Arkansas River
              December 31, 2019

              USGS employees on SH 104 near the Arkansas River near Haskell, OK

              Photograph showing USGS employees on State Highway 104 near the Arkansas River near Haskell, Oklahoma, streamgage (07165570). Photograph by Kevin Smith, U.S. Geological Survey.

               U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1090

              July 25, 2019

              Climate Projections as a Way to Illustrate Future Possibilities

              This video is a recording of the webinar “Climate Projections as a Way to Illustrate Future Possibilities" that is part of the USGS National Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC), in partnership with the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC), 2019 webinar series. Previous recordings can be found at https

              US Highway 62 bridge at the widespread flooding and backwater conditions on the Arkansas River
              May 31, 2019

              US Highway 62 bridge, Arkansas River near Muskogee, OK flooding

              Looking downstream from U.S. Highway 62 bridge at the widespread flooding and backwater conditions on the Arkansas River near Muskogee, Oklahoma, May 31, 2019.

              U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1090

              direct streamflow measurement
              May 26, 2019

              streamflow measurement from State Highway 20 bridge

              A direct streamflow measurement from the State Highway 20 bridge, looking downstream on the Verdigris River near Claremore, Oklahoma, near U.S. Geological Survey streamgage 07176000.

              U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1090

              Image from an application that navigates users through USGS National Oil and Gas Assessment Provinces
              November 14, 2018

              National Oil and Gas Assessment Provinces

              This is a graphic from the USGS National Oil and Gas Assessment Explorer application, which allows user to drill into 70 oil and gas assessment provinces throughout the United States.

              Rafters on the Illinois River
              May 7, 2018

              Illinois River Floatcam

              Rafters enjoy the floating down the Illinois River in northeast Okalahoma.

              December 31, 2017

              Groundwater use from the Ozark Plateaus aquifer system, 1900 to 2010

              Groundwater use from the Ozark Plateaus aquifer system, 1900 to 2010” is a short video showing modeled groundwater withdrawal rates from the Ozark Plateaus aquifer system (Ozark system) in the central United States. The Ozark Plateaus Groundwater Availability Study aims to quantify current groundwater resources in the Ozark system, evaluate how these resources have changed

              August 7, 2017

              Developing Effective Drought Monitoring Tools for Farmers and Ranchers

              This webinar was conducted on August 7, 2017 as part of the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center’s Climate Change Science and Management Webinar Series, held in partnership with the USFWS National Conservation Training Center. 

              Webinar Summary: The South Central U.S. is one of the main agricultural regions in North America: annual agricultural

              Groundwater-monitoring well in Osage County, Oklahoma.
              April 5, 2017

              Groundwater-monitoring well in Osage County, Oklahoma.

              Groundwater-monitoring well and telemetry equipment in Osage County, Oklahoma

              Oklahoma Groundwater Effects. Turner Falls, the largest waterfall in Oklahoma, near Davis, Oklahoma. Springs discharging from the Arbuckle-Simpson aquifer into Honey Creek are the source of water to Turner Falls.

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              Boat interior; one researcher steering the boat across the lake; two other researchers examining data on two computer monitors
              April 27, 2021

              Grand Lake (Oklahoma) Multibeam Bathymetric Survey 2019

              USGS Oklahoma-Texas Water Science Center Webinar Series - Friday May 7, 11 am Central

               

              THUMBNAIL: Timelapse of CityHalls in KS & OK
              April 13, 2021

              Summary statistics are now available for this challenge. Thanks again to everyone who contributed!

              TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in KS & OK FINISHED
              April 1, 2021

              This challenge is now complete! Thank you to everyone who contributed!

              TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in KS & OK
              March 25, 2021

              Volunteers continue to make progress on this challenge with 40 edits since our last update! See our spatial analyses for tips on remaining communities. 

              TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in KS & OK NEW
              March 18, 2021

              Our last few city hall challenges have been rather large, so we thought we’d change things up with a Lightning Challenge for City / Town Halls in Kansas and Oklahoma!

              Dragonfly larvae being held in an open hand
              July 21, 2020

              A team of federal, academic, and NGO researchers conducted a national-scale assessment of mercury bioaccumulation in aquatic ecosystems using dragonfly larvae as biosentinels.

              Map of Oklahoma Low-Level Flight Study Area, Approximate
              June 1, 2018

              Magnetic measurements made during low-altitude airplane flights conducted for the U.S. Geological Survey and the Oklahoma Geological Survey reveal possible deep faults that may contribute to increased seismic activity in response to wastewater injection in certain portions of Oklahoma.

              Satellite captured image of the rapidly intensifying storm, Harvey
              September 6, 2017

              USGS Oklahoma Water Science Center staff are assisting the Texas Water Science Center with streamflow measurements and high-water mark determinations in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.  This information is vital for future flood warnings issued by the National Weather Service.

              Oklahoma Groundwater Effects. Turner Falls, the largest waterfall in Oklahoma, near Davis, Oklahoma. Springs discharging from the Arbuckle-Simpson aquifer into Honey Creek are the source of water to Turner Falls.

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              Oklahoma Water Science Center

              Oklahoma Water Science Center

              The OKWSC collects high-quality hydrologic data and conducts unbiased, scientifically sound research on Oklahoma's water resources.

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              South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center

              South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center

              South Central CASC researchers are working throughout the region to understand how future climate might impact fish, wildlife, water, land, and people.

              Go to Science Center