Oklahoma does not have an official guide or chart showing the formally accepted positioning, classification, and nomenclature of stratigraphic units in the state. The Oklahoma Geological Survey has created a committee to examine these issues.
Throughout the years, the Survey has studied many types of geologic hazards in Oklahoma, including earthquakes, abandoned mines, and sometimes localized events where gas or oil found a surface outlet in a pond or stream. The OGS has examined hazardous waste, water issues, industrial minerals, and many other topics important to Oklahoma. Below are some highlights of that work.
Nuclear Frac'ing of Natural Gas Reservoirs in the U.S.: Geoscientist - Public Interaction, by Neil H. Suneson. Shake Shaker, Vol. 66, No. 2, March-April 2015.
Surface to Subsurface Structural Analysis, Northwest Arbuckle Mountains, Southern Oklahoma, by Christopher P. Saxon. Thesis, 2014.
Inventory of Class II Underground Injection Control Volumes in the Midcontinent, by Kyle E. Murray and Austin A. Holland, reprinted from the OCGS Shale Shaker, Vol. 65, No. 2, March-April 2014.
Boley Agate — Chert Breccia Clasts In The Vamoosa Formation, by Neil H. Suneson, William G. Lyon and David Goza, reprinted from the OCGS Shale Shaker.
Salt Karst and Collapse Structures in the Anadarko Basin of Oklahoma and Texas, by Kenneth S. Johnson.
Gypsum Karst and Potential Risk in Siting Wind Turbines in Blaine County, Oklahoma, by Kenneth S. Johnson, William J. Bangsund and Neal A. Hines
Load-induced subsidence of the Ancestral Rocky Mountains recorded by preservation of Permian landscapes, by Gerilyn S. Soreghan, G. Randy Keller, M. Charles Gilbert, Clement G. Chase and Dustin E. Sweet. reprinted from Geosphere 2012;8;654-668
My Favorite Outcrop: Cold Springs Breccia, by Brittany N. Pritchett, reprinted from the OCGS Shale Shaker
My Favorite Outcrop: Robbers Cave State Park: The Bartlesville Sandstone, by Richard D. Andrews, reprinted from the OCGS Shale Shaker
2012 Update of Southern Mid-Continent Theses and Dissertations, by Neil H. Suneson, reprinted from the OCGS Shale Shaker
The Cretaceous of Southern Oklahoma—The Society’s Spring 2012 Field Trip, by Neil H. Suneson, reprinted from the OCGS Shale Shaker
My Favorite Outcrop: Custer County Oysters by Neil H. Suneson, reprinted from the OCGS Shale Shaker
My Favorite Outcrop: Caney Shale by Richard D. Andrews, reprinted from the OCGS Shale Shaker
My Favorite Outcrop: Black Mesa Basalt by Neil H. Suneson, reprinted from the OCGS Shale Shaker
Arkoma Basin: Past, Present and Future by Neil H. Suneson, reprinted from the OCGS Shale Shaker
Petrified Wood in Oklahoma, a PowerPoint presentation from OGS Geologist Neil H. Suneson
Booch Sandstone, Arkoma Basin: Outcrops to Well Logs, a PowerPoint presentation from OGS Geologist Neil H. Suneson
Hydrogeology Lab Dr. Kyle E. Murray
Flood Plain Maps for the State of Oklahoma, FEMA Map Service
Find flood plain maps by entering addresses at the site:
Picher, Tar Creek
Dr. Kenneth V. Luza, OGS engineering geologist, has worked in the Picher Field area of northeastern Oklahoma for more than 20 years, providing valuable information as the area was declared part of the EPA Superfund in 1983. Problems identified in the area included contaminated water from acid mine drainage, lead-laden dust from the chat piles in the area, and mine-shaft hazards created as the tunnels collapsed.
Dr. Luza has continued to work with various agencies in the Tar Creek area, and some of his photos and maps are available on this web site at URL.
OGS Circular 88, Stability Problems Associated with Abandoned Underground Mines in the Picher Field, Northeastern Oklahoma. Circular 88 can be purchased from the OGS publication sales office, or downloaded from the link above.
Other related OGS projects and publications include:
Circular 82.Chemical Quality of Water in Abandoned Zinc Mines in Northeastern Oklahoma and Southeastern Kansas, by S. J. Playton, R. E. David, and R. G. McClaflin. 49 pages, 13 figures, 19 tables. 1981. Clothbound. $9; paperbound, $5.
Mineral Information Institute (MII) - Mineral Information Institute provides K-12 teachers with free geological, mineralogical, earth science, lesson plans and classroom materials about the Earth's ecology and natural resources.
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) - the Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the world's leading professional society supporting manufacturing education.
Circular 80.Disposal of Industrial Wastes in Oklahoma, Part I, Introduction, by Kenneth S. Johnson, Kenneth V. Luza, and John F. Roberts. Part II, Surface disposal of Industrial Wastes in Oklahoma, by Kenneth S. Johnson and Kenneth V. Luza. Part III, Subsurface Disposal of Industrial Wastes in Oklahoma, by Kenneth S. Johnson and John F. Roberts. 82 pages, 32 figures, 1 plate, 16 tables. 1980. Paperbound, $5.
Special Publication 90-3. Hazardous-Waste Disposal in Oklahoma—A Symposium (Kenneth S. Johnson, editor). Proceedings of a Symposium Held November 9, 1989, in Conjunction with the Annual Technical Meeting of the Oklahoma Academy of Science. 87 pages, 13 papers, 22 figures, 14 tables. 1990. $5.
Hydrogeology Lab Dr. Kyle E. Murray
Hydrologic Investigations Atlases: See Available Publications list.