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This database includes water quality records compiled at the request of the Bureau of Land Management for the Uinta Basin in Utah and Colorado. All data contained within this database are publically available via the United States Geological Survey’s National Water Information System (NWIS) database (available at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis). Data collected and provided by the states of Utah and Colorado were also analyzed, however, this data had also been submitted to, and was available in, NWIS by the time this database was compiled. This database includes all available water-quality data for the Uinta Basin. For groundwater samples this includes data up to October 24, 2014; for surface water samples this...
Field sampling and mathematical modeling are used to study the long-distance transport and attenuation of petroleum-derived benzene in the Uinta Basin, Utah. Benzene concentration was measured from oil and oil field formation waters of the Altamont-Bluebell and Pariette Bench oil fields in the basin. It was also measured from springs located in the regional groundwater discharge areas, hydraulically down-gradient from the oil fields sampled. The average benzene concentration in oils and co-produced waters is 1946 and 4.9 ppm at the Altamont-Bluebell field and 1533 and 0.6 ppm at the Pariette Bench field, respectively. Benzene concentration is below the detection limit in all springs sampled. Mathematical models...
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Carbon isotopic compositions of saturated hydrocarbon, aromatic hydrocarbon, NSO (resin), and asphaltene fractions of vein-forming gilsonites (Cowboy, Bonanza, Independence, Wagonhound and Harrison veins) in the NE Uinta Basin, Utah, are all similar and isotopically resemble Mahogany Zone shale extracts of the Green River Formation (δ 13C −29 to −31%). Individual molecular fossils in the gilsonites show a wider variability in compositions indicative of their paleoecological origins within the Eocene Uinta/Greater Green River paleolake system. Carbon isotopic compositions of C28 and C29 steranes (δ 13C = −25 to −32%), pristance and phytane (−33 to —34%) and perhydroβ-carotene (carotane) (δ 13C = −33.2%) suggest that...
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This is a point coverage containing 12 years (1984 through 1995) of coal mining history in the Colorado Plateau coal assessment study area. This layer was derived from the Mine Safety and Health Administration's (MSHA) Information Resource Center data for the years 1984 through 1995.
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Sandstone bodies in the Sunnyside Delta Interval of the Eocene Green River Formation, Uinta Basin, previously considered as point bars formed in meandering rivers and other types of fluvial bars, are herein interpreted as delta mouth-bar deposits. The sandstone bodies have been examined in a 2300 m long cliff section along the Argyle and Nine Mile Canyons at the southern margin of the Uinta lake basin. The sandstone bodies occur in three stratigraphic intervals, separated by lacustrine mudstone and limestone. Together these stratigraphic intervals form a regressive-transgressive sequence. Individual sandstone bodies are texturally sharp-based towards mudstone substratum. In proximal parts, the mouth-bar deposits...
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The top of the Upper Cretaceous Dakota Sandstone is present in the subsurface throughout the Uinta and Piceance basins of UT and CO and is easily recognized in the subsurface from geophysical well logs. This digital data release captures in digital form the results of two previously published contoured subsurface maps that were constructed on the top of Dakota Sandstone datum; one of the studies also included a map constructed on the top of the overlying Mancos Shale. A structure contour map of the top of the Dakota Sandstone was constructed as part of a U.S. Geological Survey Petroleum Systems and Geologic Assessment of Oil and Gas in the Uinta-Piceance Province, Utah and Colorado (Roberts, 2003). This surface,...
Results of extraction experiments performed on immature Green River Formation source rock samples from the Black Shale Facies (Uinta Basin, Utah) demonstrate the potential of extracting high molecular weight hydrocarbons (HMWHC) with sequential dichloromethane:methanol/soxhlet and p-xylene/sonication techniques. The first soxhlet extraction step with DCM:MeOH removes lower molecular weight alkanes from the source rock while the HMWHC remain in the rock residue. Sonication of the rock residue with p-xylene recovers these HMWHC, showing distinct hydrocarbon distributions and preferences in high temperature gas chromatograms. Extracts obtained by using p-xylene/soxhlet with original source rocks and sequential soxhlet...
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Numerous 40Ar/39Ar experiments on sanidine and biotite from 22 ash beds and 3 volcaniclastic sand beds from the Greater Green River, Piceance Creek, and Uinta Basins of Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah constrain ~8 m.y. of the Eocene Epoch. Multiple analyses were conducted per sample using laser fusion and incremental heating techniques to differentiate inheritance, 40Ar loss, and 39Ar recoil. When considered in conjunction with existing radioisotopic ages and lithostratigraphy, biostratigraphy, and magnetostratigraphy, these new age determinations facilitate temporal correlation of linked Eocene lake basins in the Laramide Rocky Mountain region at a significantly increased level of precision. To compare our results...
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This dataset is associated with a journal article "The Role of Organic Matter Diversity on the Re-Os Systematics of Organic-rich Sedimentary Units: Insights into the Controls of Isochron Age Determinations from the Lacustrine Green River Formation" and summarizes data generated by the Petroleum Geochemistry Research Laboratory that was used in this work. Data include bulk organic geochemistry on whole rocks and a few compound ratios based on analysis of extractable organic matter.
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The informal Uteland Butte member of the Eocene Green River Formation in the Uinta Basin, Utah is one of the few examples of a continuous petroleum resource play in the world situated in a lacustrine sedimentary basin (Johnson and others, 2015; Birdwell and others, 2016). The datasets compiled here were collected on outcrop samples of the Uteland Butte member with the purpose of better characterizing the geochemical and mineralogical properties and variability through this unit, which represents a period of freshwater conditions in Eocene Lake Uinta in the Uinta Basin. The data have been integrated with outcrop descriptions, geophysical (gamma ray) logs, and interpretations of depositional conditions across geographic...
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We have analyzed the solvent extracts from three different types of native bitumens from the Uinta Basin in northeastern Utah by a variety of analytical techniques, including GC-IRMS, to evaluate variations in the paleodepositional environment during two periods of Lake Uinta deposition. The gilsonite and tabbyite bitumens are associated with Parachute Creek Member sediments deposited during a major expansion of ancient Lake Uinta. Compound specific isotopic analyses of ß-carotane and phytane (δ 13C = −32.6 to −32.1%0) from these bitumens reflect input from primary photosynthetic producers such as cyanobacteria. Sterane δ 13C values (−34.5 to −29.2%0) refflect contributions from lacustrine algae, while extremely...
The known Mountain Plover population breeding on the Myton Bench, Duchesne County, Utah, is small, composed roughly of 30 adults and young after each breeding season. Currently, its location is peripheral to the species? main range. This shrub-steppe breeding habitat differs from the shortgrass prairie habitat with which this bird is historically associated. Between 1996 and 1998 we made observations at nesting sites located consistently in 2 concentrated areas surrounded by large tracts of similar habitat. Activity may be focused in these specific areas because of breeding-site fidelity; this behavior is common among most shorebirds and has been documented for the Mountain Plover in Colorado. Also, Mountain Plovers...


map background search result map search result map Carbon isotopic composition of individual biomarkers in gilsonites (Utah) Recognition and significance of sharp-based mouth-bar deposits in the Eocene Green River Formation, Uinta Basin, Utah Compound specific isotopic variability in Uinta Basin native bitumens: paleoenvironmental implications Synoptic reconstruction of a major ancient lake system: Eocene Green River Formation, western United States Uinta Basin Ground and Surface Water Quality Records Coal-mine production history from 1984 through 1995 in the Colorado Plateau coal assessment study area (cpmphg) Mahogany Bed and Parachute Creek Member Digital Line Outcrops of the Uinta Basin, Utah and Colorado Reporting Polygons to Summarize Overburden Material Above the Mahogany Bed in the Uinta Basin, Utah and Colorado Mahogany Bed Digital Structure Contour Lines of the Uinta Basin, Utah and Colorado Oil Shale Core Hole and Rotary Hole Locations in the State of Utah and Colorado Raster Dataset Model of Overburden Above the Mahogany Bed in the Uinta Basin, Utah and Colorado TIN Dataset Model of Overburden Above the Mahogany Bed in the Uinta Basin, Utah and Colorado Raster Dataset Model of the Mahogany Bed Structure in the Uinta Basin, Utah and Colorado TIN Dataset Model of the Mahogany Bed Structure in the Uinta Basin, Utah and Colorado Geochemical and spectroscopic data on outcrop samples from the informal Uteland Butte member of the Eocene Green River Formation in Uinta Basin, Utah Digital subsurface data from previously published contoured maps of the top of the Dakota Sandstone, Uinta and Piceance basins, Utah and Colorado Geochemistry data for a Re-Os geochronology study of the Eocene Green River Formation in Uinta Basin, Utah Recognition and significance of sharp-based mouth-bar deposits in the Eocene Green River Formation, Uinta Basin, Utah Geochemical and spectroscopic data on outcrop samples from the informal Uteland Butte member of the Eocene Green River Formation in Uinta Basin, Utah Geochemistry data for a Re-Os geochronology study of the Eocene Green River Formation in Uinta Basin, Utah Carbon isotopic composition of individual biomarkers in gilsonites (Utah) TIN Dataset Model of Overburden Above the Mahogany Bed in the Uinta Basin, Utah and Colorado Reporting Polygons to Summarize Overburden Material Above the Mahogany Bed in the Uinta Basin, Utah and Colorado TIN Dataset Model of the Mahogany Bed Structure in the Uinta Basin, Utah and Colorado Mahogany Bed and Parachute Creek Member Digital Line Outcrops of the Uinta Basin, Utah and Colorado Mahogany Bed Digital Structure Contour Lines of the Uinta Basin, Utah and Colorado Raster Dataset Model of Overburden Above the Mahogany Bed in the Uinta Basin, Utah and Colorado Raster Dataset Model of the Mahogany Bed Structure in the Uinta Basin, Utah and Colorado Compound specific isotopic variability in Uinta Basin native bitumens: paleoenvironmental implications Oil Shale Core Hole and Rotary Hole Locations in the State of Utah and Colorado Uinta Basin Ground and Surface Water Quality Records Digital subsurface data from previously published contoured maps of the top of the Dakota Sandstone, Uinta and Piceance basins, Utah and Colorado Coal-mine production history from 1984 through 1995 in the Colorado Plateau coal assessment study area (cpmphg) Synoptic reconstruction of a major ancient lake system: Eocene Green River Formation, western United States