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Open-File Report 2012–1111

Preliminary Catalog of the Sedimentary Basins of the United States

By James L. Coleman, Jr., and Steven M. Cahan

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One hundred forty-four sedimentary basins (or groups of basins) in the United States (both onshore and offshore) are identified, located, and briefly described as part of a Geographic Information System (GIS) data base in support of the Geologic Carbon Dioxide Sequestration National Assessment Project (Brennan and others, 2010). This catalog of basins is designed to provide a check list and basic geologic framework for compiling more detailed geologic and reservoir engineering data for this project and other future investigations.

First posted November 15, 2012

For additional information contact:
James L. Coleman
U.S. Geological Survey
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 956
Reston, VA 20192

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Coleman, J.L., Jr., and Cahan, S.M., 2012, Preliminary catalog of the sedimentary basins of the United States: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012–1111, 27 p. (plus 4 figures and 1 table available as separate files) Available online at




Basin Classification

Brief Description of Individual Sedimentary Basins


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