USGS issues Appalachian basin resource study for oil, gas, coal

The US Geological Survey issued a professional paper that examines large segments of the Appalachian basin’s oil, gas, and coal resources, including accumulations, stratigraphic and structural framework, and geochemical characteristics.

Professional Paper 1708 also includes the results of recent USGS assessments of oil, gas, and coal resources in an area stretching from New York to Alabama, the US Department of the Interior agency said.

“This publication supplements and updates older USGS regional studies of Appalachian basin coal and petroleum resources,” it noted. “Some chapters are new, and several have been published in outside journals or as other USGS publications.”

USGS said many of the paper’s maps and accompanying data are downloadable geographic information system data files about the characteristics of selected coal beds and oil and gas fields, locations of oil and gas wells, coal production, coal chemistry, total petroleum system boundaries, and bedrock geology.

Log ASCII Standard files for geophysical (gamma ray) wireline well logs are included in other chapters, it indicated.

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