Geological Survey Gets over $100,000 to Continue Mapping

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Geological Survey Gets over $100,000 to Continue Mapping


Robinson, Robin, THE JOURNAL RECORD


The Oklahoma Geological Survey has received more than $100,000 in funds to continue Cooperative Geologic Mapping - "COGEOMAP" - a mapping project in the Ouachita Mountains of Oklahoma and Arkansas.

The $101,400 provided by the U.S. Geological Survey will be available in 1988-1989 to continue the four-year-old geological mapping and mineral resource assessment in southeastern Oklahoma and central and southwestern Arkansas.

The joint effort between the Arkansas Geological Commission and the U.S. and Oklahoma Geological Surveys has been mapping the Ouachita Mountains at the rate of two quadrangles - about 120 square miles - per year, said Neil Suneson, an Oklahoma Geological Survey geologist working on the project.

The economic reason for doing the project is that the mountains adjoin the Wilburton natural gas field in southeastern Oklahoma, Suneson said.

Recently, Arco reported a natural gas discovery in Latimer County producing natural gas from the Arbuckle formation in the Arkoma Basin, and the company is drilling additional wells nearby.

"We hope that if they (Arco) want to try to extend that discovery to the south, these new maps will be of some help to them," Suneson said.

"The oil companies typically have good seismic - good sub-surface data," that can be augmented by the surveys' surface maps, he said.

"The significant part - the part that has to be done, will take another four to five years," Suneson said, and includes the northernmost part of the mountains.

The area between south Latimer County and central LeFlore County has not been mapped in any detail in 60 years, he said. The surveys want to use new mapping techniques that have been developed since that time, he said.

Along with Charles Ferguson, another Oklahoma Geological Survey geologist, Suneson has catalogued the Higgins, Damon and Baker Mountain quadrangles, and is more than 50 percent finished with mapping the Talihina quadrangle. A third Oklahoma Geological Survey geologist, LeRoy Hemish, has finished the Wilburton and Panola quadrangles in the southern part of the Arkoma Basin.

Approximately $400,000 in federal money has been spent on the project. The Oklahoma Geological Survey's $101,400 contribution makes a total of $202,800 available for the Oklahoma portion of the project this fiscal year. The Oklahoma Geological Survey is located in Norman on the University of Oklahoma campus.

The project coordinator in Oklahoma, Oklahoma Geological Survey associate director Kenneth Johnson, said the project is innovative because the federal geological survey and state agencies from Oklahoma and Arkansas have combined research capabilities and financial resources to study this potentially major petroleum province. . .

- A research project to understand the relationship between the image satellites generate viewing the earth and the earth's sub-surface is being coordinated between the University of Oklahoma, the Cooperative Institute for Applied Remote Sensing and the Geosat Committee.

The groups plan to meet in late June or early July for a planning session and workshop to organize this southeast Oklahoma structural geology/remote sensing study.

Southeastern Oklahoma is the focus area for this study because of a "wrench fault" located within the Permian formation, said Lee Williams, a coordinator of the project. …

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