Wall Maps of US States|
December 1, 2013 | Geology.com Store
Raven Maps are beautiful examples of shaded-relief wall maps that display the elevation of a state in vibrant colors. These large maps look great in a classroom, den or office. Use one to mark the locations of your work or company.
Bill Magee the Gem Miner|
November 24, 2013 | YouTube.com
An interesting video about Bill Magee, a gem miner who lived and found lots of gems in southern California. (His big find – about 1 1/2 tons of morganite crystals – is at about 22:30.)
Shale Production Outside of the USA|
November 21, 2013 | Bloomberg
Bloomberg has an article that summarizes some of the efforts to produce oil and natural gas from shale outside of the United States. Some of these countries lack the equipment and expertise to develop the wells and are forming agreements with experienced companies.
The Largest Energy Importers|
November 18, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
“Japan ranked as the second largest net importer of fossil fuels in the world in 2012, trailing only China. This follows the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, after which Japan suspended operations at all of its nuclear power plants.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration.
USA Fuel Mix is Changing|
November 17, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
“The mix of fuels used to generate the electricity in homes, factories, and businesses across the United States has changed in the past few years as coal, still the largest single fuel used for electricity, has lost some of its share of the generation market to natural gas and non-hydroelectric renewables.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration.
Is Shale Oil a Flash in the Pan?|
November 17, 2013 | New York Times
A New York Times article reports that projections in the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook see oil from shale declining by the mid-2020s and traditional oil suppliers in the Middle East returning to importance.
India Headed to Mars|
November 4, 2013 | Calgary Herald
If all goes according to plans, India will launch a spacecraft to Mars on Tuesday, November 5th. So far there have been 40 attempts to reach Mars by the United States, the Soviet Union, the European Space Agency, Japan and China. Only 23 missions have been successful.
Natural Gas Flaring from Space|
October 30, 2013 | Geology.com
We have posted views of Earth from NASA’s Suomi satellite that show night illumination and natural gas flaring for oil industry sites in the Bakken Formation, Eagle Ford Shale, Alaska North Slope, United States Gulf, Mexican Gulf, Venezuela Orinoco Field, Brazil offshore basins, North Sea, North Africa onshore, west Africa offshore, and Persian Gulf.
World Shale Gas Leaders|
October 29, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
“The United States and Canada are the only major producers of commercially viable natural gas from shale formations in the world, even though about a dozen other countries have conducted exploratory test wells.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration article.
Powder River Basin Coal Assessment|
October 25, 2013 | United States Geological Survey
“Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated in-place resources of 1.07 trillion short tons of coal in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming and Montana. Of that total, with a maximum stripping ratio of 10:1, recoverable coal was 162 billion tons. The estimate of economically recoverable resources was 25 billion tons.” Quoted from the USGS fact sheet.
Helium Stewardship Act|
October 19, 2013 | Geological Society of America
Congress approved legislation that will continue the sale of helium from the Federal Helium Reserve.
Related: Who Needs Helium?
The Government Shutdown and Geology|
October 15, 2013 | American Geophysical Union
The American Geophysical Union has a short article that explains why the “Government Shutdown Affects More Than Jobs“.
LNG Projects Map|
October 15, 2013 | American Petroleum Institute
The American Petroleum Institute has produced an interactive map of the United States and Canada that shows the locations of LNG Export facilities that are approved or pending. There is currently a rush to permit and bring these facilities online because natural gas in the United States is much cheaper than in most other parts of the world.
Related: What is LNG?
Understanding Deep Earthquakes|
October 10, 2013 | Argonne National Laboratory
“Scientists broke new ground in the study of deep earthquakes, a poorly understood phenomenon that occurs where the oceanic lithosphere, driven by tectonics, plunges under continental plates – examples are off the coasts of the western United States, Russia and Japan.” Quoted from the Argonne National Laboratory press release.
Drought in the United States|
September 26, 2013 | USGS
Drought is one of the most costly natural disasters. USGS has a two part article that considers the current drought problems in the United States.
How Much Shale Gas Does China Really Have?|
September 23, 2013 | The Australian
The Energy Information Administration published information indicating that China probably has more shale gas than the United States. Now, Australians drilling in China are starting to doubt that.
Carbon Dioxide Storage Potential of the USA|
September 18, 2013 | USGS
“The United States has the potential to store a mean of 3,000 metric gigatons of carbon dioxide in geologic basins throughout the country, according to the first-ever detailed national geologic carbon sequestration assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey.” Quoted from the USGS press release.
Impact of Shale Plays on the US Economy|
September 11, 2013 | BizJournals.com
A BizJournals interview with Rayola Dougher, senior economic advisor at the American Petroleum Institute, explores the impact of United States shale plays on the US economy, the transportation industry, the price of oil and more.
Related: What is Shale Gas?
US Oil Production Highest Since the 1980s|
September 6, 2013 | FuelFix
Hydraulic fracturing in new shale plays has pushed United States oil production to its highest levels since the 1980s.
If natural gas liquids, lease condensate and other liquids are added, current numbers are even more impressive when compared to the past. (See chart below)
Related: Oil Production from the Eagle Ford Shale
Niagara Falls Without Water|
September 5, 2013 | NBC News
NBC News has a collection of photo of Niagara Falls from 1969 when the flow of water to the American Falls was diverted over the Horseshoe Falls or to the Robert Moses power plant.