The U.S. Geological Survey's National Coal Resources Data System comes with an interactive map that provides a huge amount of information on the distribution, thickness, and classification of coal in the United States.
The interactive map contains over 250,000 data points, each typically representing a core sample, drill hole, or driller's log in a specific location. You can use the "Filter" tool to focus in on specific areas, or on data collected by specific organizations. Commonly available data include:
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Watershed Health Assessment Framework provides a comprehensive look at Minnesota's watershed and environmental information in the form of an interactive map. The map includes information on:
The U.S. Geological Survey provides an interactive map of historical oil and gas production in the United States from 1859 to 2005, including Alaska and Hawaii. In this map, the country is split into quarter-mile cells and the production status of all wells in that cell are aggregated for each time period.
The map can be filtered to show oil and gas production pre-1900, for each decade of the 20th century, and for 2000-2005.
The U.S. Geological Survey's interactive windFarm map provides detailed information on wind farms across the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii.
By zooming in on the map, users can find the precise location of tens of thousands of individual turbines, with information for each turbine including the owner, generating capacity, on-line date, type of tower, blade length, total height, and the confidence with which this information can be given.
On April 14th we held our most recent webinar, “State Responses to Induced Earthquakes,” showcasing the steps that Oklahoma, Texas, and Ohio have been taking to monitor and reduce earthquakes triggered by oil and gas operations. We were lucky to have three great speakers: Jeremy Boak (Oklahoma Geological Survey), Michael Young (Texas Bureau of Economic Geology), and Steven Dade (Ohio Department of Natural Resources). Thank you to the 800+ people who registered and almost 400 who attended live. If you missed the live webinar you can find a video recording, copies of the presenters’ slides, and additional resources by clicking here.
How does geoscience affect your state? AGI’s Geoscience Policy program is producing factsheets answering this question for every state in the union. These factsheets cover employment, minerals, energy, hazards, and federally funded geoscience in your state. Find your state factsheet here – we have 19 states covered so far and aim to have the full 50 by the end of the summer. A special shout-out to our spring policy intern, Jeremiah Bernau, who worked tirelessly to make this project a reality.
Tar sands (also called oil sands) are a mixture of sand, clay, water, and bitumen. Bitumen is a thick, sticky, black oil that can form naturally in a variety of ways, usually when lighter oil is degraded by bacteria. Bitumen has long been used in waterproofing materials for buildings, and is most familiar today as the binding agent in road asphalt.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Environmental Resource Mapper provides information on environmental resources and regulations in New York State. The interactive map includes: