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DDS 69-Q: Areas of Historical Oil and Gas Exploration and Production in the United States


U.S. Geological Survey
Digital Data Series DDS-69-Q

National Oil and Gas Assessment Project:

Areas of Historical Oil and Gas Exploration
and Production in the United States

By Laura R. H. Biewick


Mark D. Myers, Director

For sale by U.S. Geological Survey Information Services
Box 25286, Building 810
Denver Federal Center
Denver, CO 80225-0086
Telephone (303) 202-4200

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The purpose of the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) National Oil and Gas Assessment is to develop geologically based hypotheses regarding the potential for additions to oil and gas reserves in priority areas of the United States. The USGS recently completed a map compilation showing historical oil and gas exploration and production in the United States. Maps are available both as a static Portable Document Format (PDF) file, and as an interactive map that is accessible at the USGS website. Geographic Information System (GIS) spatial data can be accessed from the internet map service and metadata services via a web browser and/or imported into ArcGIS (ESRI, 2005). An important aspect of this map product is that its use does not require extensive GIS expertise or highly specialized equipment.

Contact Information

This volume is one of a series of products resulting from the National Oil and Gas Assessment project of the U.S. Geological Survey. Inquiries about this internet publication, the CD-ROM version, or the project should be addressed to:

Christopher J. Schenk, Project Chief
U.S. Geological Survey
Box 25046, Mail Stop 939
Denver Federal Center
Denver, CO 80225-0046
Telephone: (303) 236-5796


This internet and Compact Disc-Read Only Memory (CD-ROM) publication was prepared by an agency of the United States Government. Although these data have been processed successfully on a computer system at the U.S. Geological Survey, no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the display or utility of the data on any other system, or for general or scientific purposes, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty. The U.S. Geological Survey shall not be held liable for improper or incorrect use of the data described and/or contained herein. Any use of trade, product, or firm names is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. Although this information product, for the most part, is in the public domain, it also contains copyrighted materials as noted in the text. Permission to reproduce copyrighted items for other than personal use must be secured from the copyright owner.

Using The CD

The descriptive text is in HTML format and the map and legend are in PDF format. Use Internet Explorer or another supported browser, listed below, and Acrobat Reader 7.0 or higher (version 8.1.2 included on this CD) to access and bring up the report. Simply double click the OPEN_FIRST.html file to get started.

The U.S. Geological Survey Central Energy Resources Team has developed an internet map application as a visual analysis tool and to deliver data to the public. The spatial data that formed the basis of the GIS are also provided online at the USGS National Oil and Gas Assessment web site (NOGA Online: and are contained on this CD-ROM in the 'spatial' folder. Several data formats are provided as noted by subfolders (export, shape and geodatabase). The 'doc' subfolder contains metadata documentation (in HTML, XML and text format) that is also incorporated in each shapefile, file geodatabase feature class, and export file in XML format.

The base cartographic data layers and map services used in the GIS project are from the U.S. Department of the Interior National Atlas web site,, the U.S. Geological Survey National Map, and the Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI) Geography Network,

Contents of The CD-ROM

When the CD-ROM is opened, the following appear on the screen:

  • acrobat folder - contains installer for Acrobat Reader 8.1.2
  • graphic folder - contains graphic files used in this product
  • spatial folder - contains the GIS data and metadata files
  • text folder - contains the report html pages
  • OPEN_FIRST.htm - Double click this file to get started. This file opens the product and provides navigation to the report, the hardcopy map, the video, the Internet Map Service and metadata services, and the readme file.
  • readme.txt - this file

System Requirements

Adobe Reader 7

  • Power PC G3, G4, G5 processor
  • Mac OS X v.10.2.8 or 10.3
  • 128 MB of RAM
  • 80 MB of available hard disk space (110 MB required for the full version)
  • 800 x 600 screen resolution

Adobe Reader 7.0 MS Windows

  • Intel Pentium-class processor
  • Windows XP Professional or Home Edition with SP1 or SP2, or Tablet

PC Edition

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 with Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • 128 MB of RAM
  • 90 MB of available hard-disk space for the full version
  • 800 x 600 monitor resolution


  • Netscape 4.7+ series and higher
  • Netscape 6.1+ series and higher
  • Netscape 7.1+ series and higher
  • Internet Explorer 5.x series and higher
  • Internet Explorer 6.x series and higher
  • Mozilla 1 series and higher


  • Windows 2000, XP, and 2003 Server

The use of 56k standard modem technology is not recommended for use with the Interactive Map Service. Although the application may function using a 56k modem, performance may be undesirable. The use of a 10mb or higher LAN highspeed cable, or DSL modem is recommended.

Note: Installers for Acrobat Reader 8.1.2 for Macintosh and Windows
platforms are provided on this CD-ROM.


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