Big Horn Basin

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Looking West: Part of the Laramide Orogeny (mountain building episode) can be seen in the background. Vast oil deposits lie beneath these folded ridges and the black domes shown in the foreground.
Looking West: Part of the Laramide Orogeny (mountain building episode) can be seen in the background. Vast oil deposits lie beneath these folded ridges and the black domes shown in the foreground.

Today’s investigation took us deep into the Big Horn Basin to locate a feasible site for an oil well. My teaching cohorts and I collected rock samples and observed the topography of the Big Horn Basin and will try to determine the best location to place an oil drill. Wyoming is known for its abundance of fossil fuels, including coal, oil, and natural gas. The uplift that occurred during the Laramide Orogeny brought these fossil fuel deposits closer to the surface for easier access by oil companies.

 

 

 

 

 

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