WSGS News Releases

Colby Schwaderer conducting field work on Goshen Rim. 

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2024 News Releases

New Website

May 14The WSGS has launched a new website featuring a modern look and easier access from a mobile device. 

Radon Data now Available on Interactive Map

April 29The WSGS added new layers to its interactive geologic hazards map that make it easier to visualize radon potential in the state.

WSGS and USGS Announce Release of High-Resolution Geophysical Data for Central Wyoming

February 14This survey is among the first of such datasets to be made publicly available in Wyoming.

Uranium and Oil and Gas Annual Summary Reports

January 9Two annual reports recap 2023 for the uranium and oil and natural gas industries in Wyoming.

2023 News Releases

New Information Pamphlet about Sinks Canyon State Park Geology

December 19 — A new information pamphlet offers information about the geology in Sinks Canyon State Park.

New Publications on Critical Minerals are Available

December 7 — Two new WSGS scientific reports focus on critical mineral occurrences in paleoplacers throughout Wyoming.

New Public Information Circular Focuses on Helium

October 30 — A new WSGS publication, Helium in Wyoming, is available. 

WSGS and USGS Announce Completion of 2 Geophysical Surveys in Wyoming

October 2 — The geophysical surveys flew in central and southeastern Wyoming over the summer.

Earth Science Week Toolkits Now Available

September 14 — The 2022 Earth Science Week toolkits are available to Wyoming teachers are on first come, first served basis.

WSGS Develops Interactive Map of Wyoming's Mineral Resources

August 7 — A new WSGS online map makes it easier to research Wyoming's mineral resources.

WSGS Publishes New Map of West Half of The Ramshorn Quadrangle in Northwest Wyoming

June 8 — A new WSGS map depicts the geology of one of the state's most landslide-prone regions and offers new insights into the recent geologic history of the area.

WSGS and USGS Team Up to Study Mineral Resources in Central Wyoming

April 27 — The collaborative effort will collect a large swath of geophysical data in central Wyoming to better understand the area’s geologic framework for critical and other essential mineral resources.

Interactive Oil and Gas Map of Wyoming Update

April 20 — The Interactive Oil and Gas Map of Wyoming has been updated to reflect new oil and gas wells, changes to fields, and modifications to hydrocarbon processing facilities such as refineries and gas plants.

Geologic Map of the Phantom Lake Quadrangle

January 26 — The new 1:24,000-scale geologic map is of the Phantom Lake quadrangle in the Medicine Bow Mountains of southeastern Wyoming.

Oil and Natural Gas Summary Report

January 12 — The report offers a recap of the state's oil and gas industry in the last 12 months. 

2022 News Releases

Report, 2 Maps Focus on Central Laramie Mountains

October 31 — The three publications are part of a program assessing critical mineral resources.

Earth Science Week Celebration Planned for Oct. 15

October 4 — The WSGS and UW Geological Museum are celebrating Earth Science Week with a free event.

Earth Science Week Toolkits Now Available

September 29 — The 2022 Earth Science Week toolkits are available to Wyoming teachers are on first come, first served basis.

The WSGS Publishes Map of Wyoming's Precambrian Basement

August 10 — A new map depicts the structural configuration of the Precambrian basement in Wyoming.

The WSGS Publishes Map of Oil Mountain Quadrangle

June 28 — A new map depicts the bedrock geology of the Oil Mountain quadrangle.

The WSGS Publishes Map of East Half of Jackson Lake Quadrangle

June 8 — A new map depicts the surficial geology of the east half of the Jackson Lake quadrangle.

New Interactive Map Features Wyoming's Geothermal Data

May 31 — A new online map created by the Wyoming State Geological Survey makes it easier to research geothermal groundwater systems, such as hot springs, and other geothermal data for the state.

The WSGS Updates Groundwater Atlas of Wyoming

April 20 — The Wyoming State Geological Survey updated its online Groundwater Atlas of Wyoming that now includes datasets involving oil and gas field water production and injection.

The WSGS Publishes Study about Groundwater Salinity in Wind River and Bighorn Basins

April 12 — The Wyoming State Geological Survey published the final study in a series that examines water quality in selected Wyoming energy-producing basins.

The WSGS Launches Web Map Showcasing Roadside Geology to see when Traveling to Yellowstone National Park

March 31 — In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Yellowstone National Park, the Wyoming State Geological Survey developed an interactive web map showcasing some of the roadside geology along different routes throughout the state on the way to Yellowstone.

The WSGS Publishes Report on Groundwater Level Changes due to CBNG Production in the Powder River Basin

January 24 — A new study by the Wyoming State Geological Survey examines groundwater level responses in the Tertiary sandstone aquifers associated with coalbed natural gas production in the Powder River Basin.

The WSGS Releases 2021 Summaries of Wyoming's Oil, Natural Gas, and Critical Mineral Resources

January 11 — The Wyoming State Geological Survey released two reports that provide brief status updates on recent and future developments in the state’s hydrocarbon and mineral industries.

The WSGS Studies Chemistry of Kemmerer Coals to Expand Available Data for Understanding Critical Minerals in Wyoming

January 6 — The Wyoming State Geological Survey released a new report on the geochemistry of samples from the Kemmerer coal field. Open File Report 2022-1, by Kelsey Kehoe, Garrett Gay, and Janet Dewey, is part of a statewide effort by the WSGS to study potential occurrences of critical and economic minerals in Wyoming.

2021 News Releases

WSGS Publication Receives National Award

December 2 — The Wyoming State Geological Survey has received the Association of American State Geologists’ 2021 Charles J. Mankin Memorial Award for their publication titled “Upper Cretaceous Strata in the Powder River Basin: Formation Tops Database, Structure and Thickness Contour Maps, and Associated Well Data”.

The WSGS Publishes 2 New Geologic Maps from the Central Laramie Mountains

November 4 — The Wyoming State Geological Survey published bedrock geologic maps of the Poe Mountain and Guide Rock 1:24,000-scale quadrangles, located in the Laramie Mountains in southeast Wyoming.

Drop, Cover, and Hold On!

October 18 — The Wyoming Office of Homeland Security and the WSGS are encouraging residents to participate in the upcoming Great Wyoming ShakeOut.

Earth Science Week 2021 Toolkits Now Available

October 12 — Toolkits are provided by the American Geosciences Institute.

Earth Science Week 2021 is Oct. 10–16.

October 5 — In place of the annual Wyoming ROCKS! event celebrating Earth Science Week in October, the Wyoming State Geological Survey, University of Wyoming Geological Museum, and Science Kitchen partnered to offer Water Science Boxes to Wyoming students.

The WSGS Study Examines Critical Minerals in Heavy-Mineral Sandstone

July 20 — The Wyoming State Geological Survey published a new study examining the mineralogy and geochemistry of a heavy-mineral sandstone deposit in southwestern Wyoming.

The WSGS Releases the 2021 Version of the Interactive Oil and Gas Map of Wyoming

July 8 —The Wyoming State Geological Survey has released updated editions of the map every 5 to 10 years, illustrating the growth of and changes to one of the state’s most important industries.

New Geologic Maps Published Under STATEMAP Program

June 15 —Richards Gap, West Half of Jackson Lake, Goat Mountain, and Rock River quadrangles are published.

Fossil Fish Festival Kits Available to Wyoming Students

May 11 —Kits containing educational activities about Wyoming fossil fish are available complimentary to students across the state.

The WSGS Publishes Oil and Natural Gas Study of the Greater Green River Basin's Subsurface Geology

April 29 —The study establishes a baseline dataset for the stratigraphy and geometry of potential unconventional reservoirs.

The WSGS Publishes Hot Springs State Park Pamphlet

March 18 —Hot Springs State Park is known for world-famous mineral hot springs, travertine deposits and "red beds."

The WSGS Publishes Boysen State Park Pamphlet

January 28 —Boysen State Park is the latest spotlighted in a series of information pamphlets about geology in Wyoming’s state parks.

The WSGS Releases 2020 Snapshot of Wyoming's Oil & Gas Resources

January 19 —The latest Oil and Natural Gas Resources of Wyoming report outlines the significant events that occurred in Wyoming’s oil and natural gas industry during 2020.

2020 News Releases

The WSGS Publishes Study on Groundwater Salinity in Greater Green River Basin

December 14 —This report is a continuation of a series that considers groundwater salinity, which is one method to determine the quality of water for various uses.

Geology of Wyoming Postcard

November 3 —The new postcard is available online and at the WSGS office on the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie.

The WSGS Completes Major Update to Online Grounwater Atlas of Wyoming

October 26 —The map offers groundwater datasets from public sources and WSGS products.

Residents Encouraged to Practice Earthquake Preparedness in Upcoming ShakeOut Drill

October 1 —The Wyoming State Geological Survey is encouraging residents to participate in the annual Great Wyoming ShakeOut drill on Oct. 15.

The WSGS Offers Earth Science Week Toolkits

September 23 —The WSGS is once again offering complimentary toolkits to science classrooms across the state in celebration of Earth Science Week 2020.

The WSGS Publishes Study of Upper Cretaceous Stratigraphy of PRB

August 17 —A new study from the Wyoming State Geological Survey aims to better understand the Upper Cretaceous stratigraphy of the basin’s unconventional tight oil and gas reservoirs, their source rocks, and intervening formations.

The WSGS Releases Reanalyzed NURE Geochemical Data

June 29 —The Wyoming State Geological Survey released geochemical data from a reanalysis of archived stream-sediment samples originally collected under a federal uranium exploration program.

The WSGS Publishes Report on Groundwater Salinity in Wyoming

June 4 —The Wyoming State Geological Survey published a report that examines the salinity of groundwaters that occur throughout Wyoming.

The WSGS Launches Interactive Map Detailing the Geology of Yellowstone

May 28 —The Wyoming State Geological Survey released an interactive map that will provide an opportunity to view datasets relating to the geology of Yellowstone National Park.

The WSGS Publishes New Geologic Maps

May 13 — The Wyoming State Geological Survey released five new geological maps of areas in southwestern and northwestern Wyoming.

The WSGS Releases New Bedrock Map of Chugwater Quadrangle

April 21 — The Wyoming State Geological Survey published a new geologic bedrock map of areas covering several counties in southeastern Wyoming and western Nebraska.

The WSGS Publishes Buffalo Bill State Park Pamphlet

March 12 — Buffalo Bill State Park is the latest spotlighted in a series of information pamphlets about geology in Wyoming’s state parks.

The WSGS Releases Annual Summary Reports

January 16 — The reports highlight Wyoming's energy industry during the last couple of years.

New Information Pamphlet about Glendo State Park is Available

January 8 — The pamphlet describes geology in Glendo State Park in eastern Wyoming.

2019 News Releases

The WSGS Studies Groundwater Resources in Wyoming

December 3 — The study details groundwater resources in the Powder/Tongue/Northeast River Basins.

The WSGS Publishes Information Pamphlet about Edness K. Wilkins State Park in Central Wyoming

October 24 — Pamphlet describes geology in Edness K. Wilkins State Park.

The WSGS Publishes Information Pamphlet about Bear River State Park in Southwestern Wyoming

October 16 — Pamphlet describes geology in Bear River State Park.

Earth Science Week Celebration is Oct. 19

October 7 — Event celebrates how geology connects to everyday life, past and present.

New Oil and Gas Map of Wyoming Published

September 26 — The Wyoming State Geological Survey releases updated map of oil and natural gas resources in Wyoming.

Earth Science Week Toolkits Now Available

September 9 — The Wyoming State Geological Survey offers 50 complimentary Earth Science Week toolkits to Wyoming teachers.

New Information Pamphlet About Keyhole State Park's Geology

July 23 — The Wyoming State Geological Survey publishes new information pamphlet highlighting geology in Keyhole State Park.

New Report About Gas Hills Uranium Mining District

July 18 — The Wyoming State Geological Survey publishes new report focused on geology and history of Wyoming's top-producing uranium mining district.

New Geologic Maps Published under STATEMAP Program

June 1 — The Wyoming State Geological Survey releases new maps of Garden Gulch and Horatio Rock quadrangles.

New Wells Boost State Oil Production to Highest Level in 25 Years

June 4 — The Wyoming State Geological Survey updates Interactive Oil and Gas Map of Wyoming.

Results of WSGS Landslide Susceptibility Study Available as Map or Interactive Layer on Online Hazards Map

May 30 — The Wyoming State Geological Survey publishes statewide landslide susceptibility map.

Update Made to Expansive Soils Layer on Online Geologic Hazards Map

May 14 — The WSGS updates statewide expansive soils layer on interactive geologic hazards map.

New Information Pamphlet Shares Geology in Guernsey State Park

April 30 — The Wyoming State Geological Survey publishes information pamphlet about geology Guernsey State Park.

New Tool to Evaluate Wyoming's Mineral Resources

April 23 — The WSGS creates model that evaluates Wyoming's mineral resources.

Teton Fault Map now Available

April 3 — The Wyoming State Geological Survey publishes new map of Teton fault in northwestern Wyoming.

The WSGS Investigates Influences on Production in Powder River Basin

March 6 — The Wyoming State Geological Survey publishes study about oil and natural gas production in the Wall Creek and Turner reservoirs in the southern Powder River Basin, Wyoming.

Report About Coal Resources in South-Central Wyoming Now Available

February 12 — The Wyoming State Geological Survey publishes study about coal resources in the Great Divide and Washakie basins.

Wyoming Geologic Hazards Map

January 10 — The Wyoming State Geological Survey develops online interactive map of geologic hazards in Wyoming.

New Summary Reports Available

January 3 — The Wyoming State Geological Survey publishes three summary reports about Wyoming's oil, natural gas, and coal resources; critical minerals; and geologic hazards.

2018 News Releases

New Pamphlet about Seminoe State Park's Geology

October 16 — The WSGS publishes information pamphlet about Seminoe State Park's geology.

'Wyoming ROCKS! The Art of our Geology' Event Happening Oct. 13

September 27 — The WSGS and University of Wyoming Geological Museum are cohosting the event in celebration of Earth Science Week.

Rare Fossil on Display at Wyoming State Geological Survey

September 18 — The WSGS is hosting an open house for the rare mammal fossil discovered near Kemmerer, Wyoming.

Earth Science Week Toolkits Available

August 23 — The WSGS is offering Earth Science Week toolkits to 50 junior high classrooms in Wyoming.

Mines and Minerals Map of Wyoming

August 7 — The WSGS launches online interactive Mines and Minerals Map of Wyoming.

New Pamphlet about Curt Gowdy State Park's Geology

July 20 — The WSGS publishes information pamphlet about Curt Gowdy State Park's geology.

Two New Maps Now Available

June 20 — The WSGS publishes geologic maps of the Gas Hills and Albany quadrangles.

Online Oil and Gas Map of Wyoming is Updated

June 18 — The WSGS completes another update to its online Oil and Gas Map of Wyoming, the second since the map launched nearly two years ago.

New Study on Groundwater Salinity in the Powder River Basin

May 22 — The WSGS publishes a report on groundwater salinity in the Powder River Basin.

Rare Mammal Fossil Discovered in Wyoming

April 27 — A fossil discovered near Kemmerer, Wyoming, may be the first of its kind and is the largest mammal found to date in the 50-million-year-old Green River Formation.

2017 News Releases

Evaluation of Selected Wyoming Silica Sand Deposits as Potential Sources of Proppant: WSGS RI-75

December 19 — The WSGS publishes a report on various silica sand deposits in Wyoming.

New Upper Cretaceous Stratigraphic Correlation Chart for Wyoming now Available

October 16 — The WSGS publishes Upper Cretaceous Stratigraphic Correlation Chart for Wyoming, which is a new tool for online studies of unconventional reservoirs.

Earth Science Week Event Happening Oct. 14

October 2 — The WSGS and UW Geological Survey are hosting an event, "Wyoming ROCKS! To the Moon and Back," Oct. 14 in celebration of Earth Science Week.

3 New Geologic Maps Now Available

September 29 — The WSGS publishes 3 new geologic maps of areas in Carbon and Fremont counties as part of its StateMap program.

Earth Science Week Toolkits now Available

September 13 — The WSGS is now offering Earth Science Week toolkits to Wyoming junior high science teachers.

New WSGS study on Codell Sandstone oil production trends in Laramie County, Wyoming

May 8 — WSGS publishes preliminary study on Codell Sandstone oil production in northern Denver Basin of Laramie County, Wyoming.

First Update Made to Online Oil and Gas Map

April 20 — WSGS completes first update to online Oil and Gas Map of Wyoming since its launch in July.

New Groundwater Atlas of Wyoming Now Available

March 21 — The WSGS launches online Goundwater Atlas of Wyoming that brings together groundwater information from several agencies.

New WSGS Report on Groundwater Level Changes in the Powder River Basin

March 7 — The study examines groundwater level responses in sandstone aquifers associated with coalbed natural gas production in the Powder River Basin.

How Knightia Became the Wyoming State Fossil

February 16 — The story behind how Knightia became the official state fossil 30 years ago as recalled by teacher involved in the effort.

Fossil Fish Festival is Feb. 18

February 6 — The Fossil Fish Festival is in celebration of Knightia, the extinct fossil fish that has served as Wyoming's State Fossil for 30 years.

Jade Display in Honor of 50 Years as Wyoming State Gemstone

January 12 — More than 50 pieces of jade on display at WSGS in honor of 50 years as Wyoming's state gemstone.

2016 News Releases

Statewide Groundwater Study

December 1 — The WSGS develops model to estimate groundwater baseflow, publishes results.

Earth Science Day Celebration Happening Oct. 15

October 3 — The WSGS and UW Geological Museum will celebrate earth sciences with event Oct. 15.

5 New Geologic Maps Available

September 23 — The WSGS publishes 5 new geologic maps of quadrangles in Natrona, Carbon, Sublette, Lincoln, Teton, and Fremont Counties.

Earth Science Week Toolkits now Available

September 6 — The WSGS is now offering Earth Science Week toolkits to Wyoming junior high science teachers.

Uranium Public Information Circular

August 24 — The WSGS publishes public information circular on uranium.

2016 Oil & Gas Map of Wyoming

August 15 — The WSGS publishes updated Oil and Gas Map of Wyoming.

Stratigraphy and Hydrocarbon Potential of Lance and Fort Union Formations in South-Central Wyoming

August 10 — The WSGS publishes a report on stratigraphy and hydrocarbon potential of formations in south-central Wyoming.

Zeolite Resources in Wyoming

July 18 — The WSGS publishes a report on zeolite resources in Wyoming.

Interactive Oil & Gas Map

July 6 — The WSGS now offers an online, interactive oil and gas map.

Rare Earth Elements Report

June 30 — The WSGS recently published a report on rare earth elements.

Groundwater Salinity in the Denver-Julesburg Basin

April 27 — The WSGS recently published a report on groundwater salinity in the Denver-Julesburg (D-J) Basin of southeastern Wyoming.

Sinkholes and Karst Features in the Southern Laramie Basin

April 11 — The WSGS recently published a report on the occurrence of sinkholes and other evaporite related karst features in the southern Laramie Basin, including in and around the city of Laramie.

Wyoming’s Potential Lithium Resources

Feb. 5 — The WSGS recently published a report on Wyoming’s lithium (Li) resources, an important mineral used in the production of rechargeable batteries, aluminum, cement, glass and ceramics.

2015 News Releases

Wyoming Phosphate Rock Shows Potential for Mining

Nov. 23 — Wyoming hosts numerous occurrences of phosphate rock, which is a natural resource crucial to global food security, according to a new report published by the Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS).

New Wyoming Guide Explores Culture Through a Geology Lens

Oct. 29 — From the Oregon Trail to Paleo-Indian red ochre mines, Wyoming has many sites where culture and geology merge and stories unfold. The Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) has released a new “intelligent travel” program, which includes a free driving map, videos, and interactive website.

New Geologic Maps Illustrate Investigations of Energy Resources and Geologic Hazards

Oct. 22 — The Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) has published three new geologic maps under its StateMap program. These maps are based on extensive fieldwork and focused on the geology related to energy resources and geologic hazards in Wyoming.

Wyoming Earth Science Week Includes Passport to Learning

Oct. 1 — “Visualizing Earth Systems,” this year’s theme for Wyoming Earth Science Week, Oct. 10-16, explores what it means to see our planet through eyes informed by the geosciences.

New Geologic Signage Installed Off Snowy Range Scenic Byway

Sept. 3 — The public now has the opportunity to learn about the geology of the Medicine Bow Mountains while driving along the Snowy Range Scenic Byway in Albany County, Wyoming. Two new interpretive signs were recently designed by the Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) and installed at prominent lookout points along the byway, thanks to a cooperative effort between the agency and the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests.

WSGS Publishes Report on Wyoming’s Potential Iron Deposits

Aug. 27— The Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) recently published a report on Wyoming’s iron (Fe) resources, an important mineral used in the production of steel. Previous iron mining efforts have contributed to Wyoming’s economy, with the potential for the state to once again become an iron-producing state, given the right conditions (iron prices, global demand, etc.).

WSGS Releases Geologic Study on the Great Divide Basin

July 29— New research on the Lance and Fort Union formations has allowed geologists to better define the extent of the coal-bearing strata and potential natural gas reservoir rock in the Great Divide Basin of Wyoming, according to a recent study by the Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS).

WSGS Publishes Maps Under Legacy Program

April 9— The Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) has launched Wyoming Legacy Maps, a program for the release of newly published maps based on the agency’s past geologic mapping efforts.

WSGS Publishes Report on Groundwater Recovery from Coalbed Natural Gas Development

Feb. 27— A new Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) study found that recovery of groundwater after coalbed natural gas development is related to the hydrologic properties of an aquifer and the amount of water pumped out of a coalbed during peak production. The WSGS study examined the Upper Wyodak coal zone of the Powder River Basin in Wyoming.

WSGS Energy Reports Discuss External Impacts to Production

Feb. 13— Wyoming is well known as one of the nation’s top energy producing states, but this notoriety can come at a price when it comes to volatility in energy markets and other factors, which can then have an affect on production and state revenues.

Famed geologist Dick Jones dies at 67

Jan. 30—For some people, the simplest measure of a meaningful life is their work. This is true for Richard W. Jones, retired coal geologist and editor of the Wyoming State Geological Survey, who died at the age of 67.