Posts

OPEN-FILE REPORT 544

OFR-544MULTIPROXY ENVIRONMENTAL CHARACTERIZATION OF LAKE LEVEL CYCLES IN THE GREEN RIVER FORMATION OF UTAH AND COLORADO
Jessica H. Whiteside and Marc A. Van Keuren

The Eocene Green River Formation represents the largest unconventional petroleum resource in Utah. While oil shale has figured prominently in the literature for the past century, surprisingly little basic knowledge of the geochemistry of these deposits exists, especially within the context of the characteristic and permeating lacustrine cyclicity. This research documents the ecosystem context of this cyclicity using sedimentary facies, oil-shale yield, total organic carbon, bulk nitrogen (δ15N) and carbon isotopic (δ13C) signatures of organic matter, and specific biomarker hydrocarbons (δ13Calk) sampled at millennial resolution through a series of cycles at multiple localities in core and outcrop. This project should lead to a greater understanding of the most fundamental aspects of the depositional history of these oil shales and the predictive power of facies models, all of which should ultimately play a part in Utah’s hydrocarbon potential. Also included are high-resolution photographs of the core studied during this project.

CD (22 p.)

ORF-544………. $7.95 (print on demand)………. $14.95 (CD)

GET IT HERE

Western States Seismic Policy Council Names 2009 Awards in Excellence Winners

The Utah Geological Survey was selected for a 2009 WSSPC Award in Excellence in Research for their Wasatch and Sevier Faults Paleoseismic Research. The Awards will be given at the joint WSSPC-Earthquake Engineering Research Institute annual conference at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center in Salt Lake City, Utah at a banquet Friday February 13, 2009. The WSSPC Awards in Excellence program was started in 1996 to recognize achievement in different areas of earthquake mitigation, preparedness and response.

READ MORE

Comprehensive Handbook on Earthquakes in Utah is Now Available

roots_earthquake_page_01Living in Utah means living with earthquakes. Do you know where earthquakes are likely to occur in Utah and what kind of damage they can cause? If a large earthquake occurred right now, what would you do? Do you have a disaster plan and supplies? Have you taken simple steps, such as strapping down your water heater, to reduce your earthquake risk at home?

These questions and others are now addressed in a new publication released by the Utah Seismic Safety Commission (USSC) called Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country – Your Handbook for Earthquakes in Utah. The “Roots” handbook is a comprehensive resource that provides a variety of information on earthquakes in Utah in an easy-to-read format.

READ MORE

Related Links
USSC website

New Estimates of Utah’s Potential Oil Shale Resource Released

According to a new study just released by the Utah Geological Survey (UGS), Utah’s potential economic oil-shale resource equals approximately 77 billion barrels of shale oil. While the estimate is considerably smaller than numbers frequently quoted, it is still deserving of attention. “A domestic resource of this size is very significant; a conventional field with just 1 billion barrels is considered a ‘giant’,” says Michael Vanden Berg, UGS Project Geologist.

READ MORE

Fly By the Wasatch Fault with GoogleEarth on YouTube

labelThe Utah Geological Survey (UGS) has uploaded a new and intriguing video about the Wasatch fault on YouTube. “The video is a great example of merging technology and knowledge,” said Rick Allis, UGS director. “To our knowledge, this is a first-of-its-kind video.”

a

a

a

READ MORE

GET IT HERE

Related Links
View Video