Saturday, December 22, 2012

Sedimentary basins of the US - new catalog from USGS

The USGS has released a new compilation of 144 sedimentary basins (or groups of basins) in the United States (both onshore and offshore).  The basins are identified, located, and briefly described as part of a geospatial data base in support of the Geologic Carbon Dioxide Sequestration National Assessment Project. 

AZGS is working on assessing CO2 sequestration capacity in Tertiary sedimentary basins primarily in the Basin and Range part of Arizona as part of a DOE-funded project through the WestCarb coalition, and across the Colorado Plateau under a contract with the USGS.

The USGS announcement says "This catalog of basins is designed to provide a check list and basic geologic framework for compiling more detailed geologic and reservoir engineering data for this project and other future investigations."

Ref: Coleman, J.L., Jr., and Cahan, S.M., 2012, Preliminary catalog of the sedimentary basins of the United States: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012–1111, 27 p. (plus 4 figures and 1 table available as separate files) Available online at

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