The Wyoming State Geological Survey's mission is to promote the beneficial and environmentally sound use of Wyoming's vast geologic, mineral, and energy resources while helping protect the public from geologic hazards. By providing accurate information and expanding knowledge through the application of geologic principles, the Geological Survey contributes to economic growth and improvement in the quality of life for Wyoming's residents.
Elk Basin field, a structural oil and gas trap discovered in 1915 in the northern Bighorn Basin. Produced nearly 500 million barrels of oil from the Paleozoic Tensleep, Phosphoria, Madison formations. Potential target for CO2 flooding (enhanced oil recovery). Cretaceous Mesaverde Formation cropping out on the flanks of the anticline with a core of Cody Shale. WSGS photo by Alan Ver Ploeg.