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Open-File Report 2011–1099

2010 Petroleum Resource Assessment of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPRA): GIS Play Maps

By Christopher P. Garrity, David W. Houseknecht, and Kenneth J. Bird

Introduction

This report provides digital geographic information systems (GIS) files of maps for each of the 24 plays considered in the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) 2010 updated petroleum resource assessment of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPRA) (Houseknecht and others, 2010). These are the sample plays evaluated in a previous USGS assessment of the NPRA (Bird and Houseknecht, 2002a), maps of which were released in pdf format (Bird and Houseknecht, 2002b).

The 2010 updated assessment of the NPRA evaluated each of the previously used 24 plays based on new geologic data available from exploration activities and scientific research. Quantitative assessments were revised for 11 plays, and no revisions were made for 9 plays. Estimates of the volume of technically recoverable, undiscovered oil, and nonassociated gas resources in these 20 plays are reported elsewhere (Houseknecht and others, 2010). Four plays quantitatively assessed in 2002 were eliminated from quantitative assessment for reasons explained by Houseknecht and others (2010).

The NPRA assessment study area includes Federal and native onshore land and adjacent State offshore areas. A map showing the areal extent of each play was prepared by USGS geologists as a preliminary step in the assessment process. Boundaries were drawn on the basis of a variety of information, including seismic reflection data, results of exploration drilling, and regional patterns of rock properties. Play boundary polygons were captured by digitizing the play maps prepared by USGS geologists.

View northward along Colville River, central North Slope of Alaska. Upper Cretaceous strata exposed in river bluffs. Location near confluence of Anaktuvuk and Colville Rivers, about 90 miles southwest of Prudhoe Bay.
    View northward along Colville River, central North Slope of Alaska. Upper Cretaceous strata exposed in river bluffs. Location near
    confluence of Anaktuvuk and Colville Rivers, about 90 miles southwest of Prudhoe Bay.

USGS NPRA Resources Online

National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska—2010 assessment: http://energy.usgs.gov/alaska/npra.html
National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska—2002 assessment: http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2002/fs045-02/
National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska—2002 assessment play maps: http://wrgis.wr.usgs.gov/open-file/of02-207/

References Cited

Bird, K.J., and Houseknecht, D.W., 2002a, U.S. Geological Survey 2002 petroleum resource assessment of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPRA): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 045–02, 6 p.

Bird, K.J., and Houseknecht, D.W., 2002b, U.S. Geological Survey 2002 petroleum resource assessment of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPRA)—Play maps and technically recoverable resource estimates: U.S. Geological Survey Open–File Report 02–207, 18 p.

Houseknecht, D.W., Bird, K.J., Schuenemeyer, J.H., Attanasi, E.D., Garrity, C.P., Schenk, C.J., Charpentier, R.R., Pollastro, R.M., Cook, T.A., and Klett, T.R., 2010, 2010 updated assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPRA): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2010–3102, 4 p.

Revised May 3, 2011

First posted April 2011

Version 1.1

Supersedes U.S. Geological Survey
Open-File Report 02–439


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For additional information contact:
Dave Houseknecht
U.S. Geological Survey
956 National Center
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA 20192-0002
Phone: (703) 648–6466
Fax: (703) 648–6419

Or

Christopher Garrity
U.S. Geological Survey
956 National Center
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA 20192-0002
Phone: (703) 648–6426
Fax: (703) 648–6419

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Suggested citation:

Garrity, C.P., Houseknecht, D.W., and Bird, K.J., 2011, 2010 petroleum resource assessment of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPRA)—GIS play maps: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011–1099, ver. 1.1, available only at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2011/1099/. (Supersedes U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 02–439.)




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