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Geology, oil, natural gas, Rocky Mountain, United States, exploration


Earth Sciences | Environmental Sciences | Geology | Physical Sciences and Mathematics | United States History


This is a research paper that explores oil and gas exploration in the Rocky Mountain Region of the United States. The paper summarizes the history of the Rocky Mountain area, to give the reader an idea of the origin of the oil and why it is found in certain regions of the province. A summary of geophysical exploration methods is given, along with some geophysical examples to give the reader an idea of why geophysicists pick certain areas to drill for oil.

The area covered, extends from the Four Corners area of the United States, to the Canadian border. The paper covers the basins located in this area, along with a short section on the Wyoming Overthrust Belt. Geology of the oil regions are described, along with the known oil accumulations, and future prospects are outlined.