On April 20, 2017, Dr. Kyle E. Murray of the Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS) was presented a "Recognition for Environmental Stewardship" Award from the University of Oklahoma Environmental Concerns Committee (http://www.ou.edu/admin/ecc/) in appreciation of his efforts in responsible use and protection of the environment through conservation and sustainable practices. The mission of the Environmental Concerns Committee is to "advise the president of the university concerning environmental issues and to promote awareness of energy and other resources conservation, recycling, and personal and environmental well-being and safety."
Outreach Opportunity - Antarctic Researcher Classroom Visit
Jake Walter, geophysicist at the Oklahoma Geological Survey, will be traveling to Antarctica in a few months to collaborate on an international project to study a massive glacier the size of the state of Florida! OGS is offering an opportunity for Jake to interact with your classroom and visit with your students.
November classroom visit (~60 minutes) – dynamic talk to meet Jake, an introduction into working as a scientist in Antarctica, and a mini lesson about Antarctica, glaciers, and global warming. Your class may choose to make a flag, or provide a school mascot or another item for him to take to the field and take a photo with, while on the ice.
While in Antarctica (December/January) – Jake will take a lot of video and pictures and make blog posts about what they are doing/experiencing. Photos may be sent via satellite directly from the field to include photos of the school’s item.
Return to OK and visit classrooms (February/March). Jake will return your class item and have a follow-up picture slideshow/story telling about what they did in Antarctica.
If you’re interested in this exciting Outreach Opportunity, please email Molly Yunker (firstname.lastname@example.org) and explain why you’d like Jake to visit your classroom in 250 words or less. Please include the grade level of your students. If selected, you’ll be notified by November 1st.
New Publication: Comparison of Aftershock Zones in OK and CA
OGS researchers find that aftershock zones in Oklahoma are much narrower than aftershock zones in California. The findings will help improve seismic hazard estimates within the region. The research was led by Zach Rosson, who was recently awarded an MS degree from the OU School of Geosciences. The paper and his graduate thesis were supervised by State Seismologist Jake Walter at the Oklahoma Geological Survey and Assistant Professor Xiaowei Chen at the OU School of Geosciences. The paper is publicly available for download (open access) at the following link:
Rosson, Z., J. I. Walter, T. Goebel, and X. Chen (2019), Narrow spatial aftershock zones for induced earthquake sequences in Oklahoma Geophys. Res. Lett., https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GL083562.
REGISTRATION is NOW OPEN! EOR Workshop - November 14-15, 2019
OGS will host a workshop focused on Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) on November 14, 2019 at Moore-Norman Technology Center - South Penn Campus. The following day, we will host a half-day, optional Core Workshop for those who attended the Technical Program. The Core Workshop will be held at OPIC (Oklahoma Petroleum Information Center) in Norman, OK on November 15, 2019.
OGS Scientists Receive Grant
Netra Regmi and Jacob Walter recently received a two-year research grant from FEMA via Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (~$87,000, including 25% match from OU) to support research focused on mapping causes, mechanics and susceptibility of landslides in Ozarks and Ouachita Mountains of eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas, and to organize a conference and field excursion for local emergency managers. Following is their recently published article:
Regmi, Netra R., and Jacob I. Walter. "Detailed mapping of shallow landslides in eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas and potential triggering by Oklahoma earthquakes." Geomorphology (2019).
OGS Director Search
Applications are being solicited for the position of Director, Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS). The OGS is located on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman, Oklahoma, and is under the direction and supervision of the Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma. Organizationally, the OGS is located within the Mewbourne College of Earth & Energy, which also includes the School of Geosciences and the Mewbourne School of Petroleum & Geological Engineering. The Director of the OGS reports administratively to the Dean, Mewbourne College of Earth & Energy. If appropriate, the successful candidate may hold a dual appointment as a faculty member within the College as an Associate or Full Professor.
The Acoustic Anomaly Mystery
Recently, the OGS Seismic Team noticed an unusual acoustic pattern recorded by the seismic network. Read about "The Anomaly" on the Field Blog.
NEW – Oklahoma Geoscience/Natural Resources Web Application
The Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS) has initiated an effort to develop a comprehensive database of Oklahoma’s geoscience and natural resource data that will be free and accessible to the public via a spatially driven, map-based web application. While presently in its beta release, contents of the database will eventually include digitally preserved images of OGS core and data holdings, publications, and research that will be synthesized with a master record of georeferenced Oklahoma oil and gas wells and associated production values. As stakeholders of Oklahoma’s natural resources, citizens and energy industry professionals alike will finally have a single online source to access a wealth of information relating to the state’s natural resources--including: oil and gas production, core and sample data, geological publications, aerial photography, and more. While this initial effort is focused on oil and gas, future iterations of the application will provide access to non-energy related data, such as hydrogeology, geohazards and the environment.
In addition to in-house collection data, OGS hopes to benefit from partnerships with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, the Oklahoma Tax Commission and other state agencies to serve as the comprehensive online source for the state’s natural resource data.
This collaborative effort will have a positive impact on the state by facilitating the dissemination of information to industry participants, the scientific community, and citizens, to promote the economic development of state resources through best practices and environmental stewardship.
Please visit the pilot beta version of the OGS web application at the following URL: http://web-pilot.ogs.ou.edu/wells/
For additional information or questions please contact OGS at 405-325-1119 or by email at email@example.com.
NOTE – This is a beta release that is subject to potential downtime due to maintenance and/or operational upgrades. Your feedback is welcomed.
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OGS hosts technical and core workshop on the STACK Play
Last September, the Oklahoma Geological Survey hosted a workshop focusing on the Sooner Trend Anadarko Basin Canadian and Kingfisher Counties (STACK) Play in Oklahoma. The play was discovered in 2011, and has quickly become one of the hottest resource plays in North America. Despite extensive drilling activity in this play, understanding of the petroleum geology of the area is limited.
The workshop spanned two days, beginning with a day-long technical workshop held at the Moore-Norman Technology Center, which was attended by over 200 people. The following day, two half-day workshops focusing on core were held at the OGS’s Oklahoma Petroleum Information Center (OPIC) in Norman. Each core workshop was attended by around 40 people.
The main objective of the technical workshop was to learn from researchers and operators in the STACK Play, with an emphasis on the Meramec Lime and Woodford Shale. The core workshops presented core from several key wells of the Meramec and Woodford Shale in Blaine, Kingfisher, and Canadian Counties.
David Brown, OGS Associate Director, said that the OGS was uniquely suited for hosting this workshop.
“It’s one of the most important plays in the country right now,” Brown said, “and it happens to be in our backyard.”
To read more about the STACK Play workshop, see the most recent issue of the Oklahoma Geology Notes.
OGS Hosts Seismology Workshop for Teachers
Eleven educators participated in a two-day workshop hosted by the Oklahoma Geological Survey. The educators are part of a project called BLOSSM in Oklahoma. BLOSSM (Bridging Local Outreach & Seismic Signal Monitoring) aims to place a total of 100 personal seismographs (Raspberry Shakes) into educational institutions in Oklahoma, including schools, libraries, and museums. During the first day of the two-day workshop, teachers and librarians received a Raspberry Shake, learned how to install it in their educational facility, and experimented with the type of data it collects. During the second day of the workshop, participants explored introductory seismology and Earth science concepts with the help of State Seismologist, Dr. Jake Walter, his undergraduate student, Sarah Sundberg, and Education & Outreach Coordinator, Dr. Molly Yunker. Participants concluded the workshop with numerous resources including lesson plans, ideas for classroom activities, a working seismograph, seismology posters, and other teaching tools to aid in STEM education next fall and beyond.
USGS Forecast for Damage from natural and Induced Seismicity for 2018
The U.S. Geological Survey has released updated maps identifying potential ground-shaking hazards. The report shows continuing elevated risk of damage in Oklahoma, with some expansion of the area of greatest concern. The expanded area is in part due to slight increases in seismicity in areas that have experienced very few earthquakes previously. The results are significantly dependent upon algorithms used to distinguish main events from aftershocks, which may be different for induced than for natural earthquakes. Earthquake frequency has declined by more than three quarters from the peak in 2015-2016. The Oklahoma Geological Survey, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, industry and university scientists, are collaborating together to further reduce seismic activity in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma researchers’ studies on Pawnee quake focus of peer-reviewed journal
Seismological Research Letters, an internationally recognized peer-reviewed journal, is dedicating a special issue to scientific studies related to the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck near Pawnee last September — the largest recorded seismic event in Oklahoma history.
Dr. Kyle Murray Honored with Environmental Stewardship Award
Dr. Kyle Murray Honored with Environmental Stewardship Award
OGS Field Blog Update
From Bally to Basement: using outcrops to unlock buried rocks
Drilling for Paleomagnetism Samples on Bally Mountain, Oklahoma
Discover the experiences of OGS Geologist Stacey Evans as she investigates fluid flow and paleomagnetism to investigate the Arbuckle Group and the basement rocks in Oklahoma in the latest entry in the Oklahoma Geological Survey's Field Blog.