Maps Showing Geology, Oil and Gas Fields and Geologic Provinces of the Former Soviet Union

Open-File Report 97-470-E
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This digitally compiled map includes geology, geologic provinces, and oil and gas fields of the Former Soviet Union. The map is part of a worldwide series on CD-ROM by the World Energy Project released of the U.S. Geological Survey. The goal of the project is to assess the undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and gas resources of the world and report these results by the year 2000. For data management purposes the world was divided into eight energy regions corresponding approximately to the economic regions of the world as defined by the U.S. Department of State. The Former Soviet Union (Region 1) includes Armenia, Azerbaijan, Byelarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Each region was then further divided into geologic provinces on the basis of natural geologic entities and may include a dominant structural element or a number of contiguous elements. Some provinces contain multiple genetically related basins. Geologic province boundaries for the Former Soviet Union were delineated using data from a number of geologic maps and other tectonic and geographic data (see References). Offshore province boundaries were defined by the 2000 meter bathymetric contour from the map edited by Gabrielyants, 1990 (see References). Each province was assigned a unique number; the first digit is the region number; province numbers follow. An attempt was made to number the provinces in geographical groups; onshore, offshore, and combined on and offshore. The numbering starts in the west.

Suggested Citation

Persits, F.M., Ulmishek, G.F., and Steinshouer, D.W., 1999, Maps showing geology, oil and gas fields and geologic provinces of the former Soviet Union: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 97-470-E, 13 p.,

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

ISSN: 0196-1497 (print)

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Maps showing geology, oil and gas fields and geologic provinces of the former Soviet Union
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 97-470
Chapter E
DOI 10.3133/ofr97470E
Year Published 1997
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Description Report: 13 p.; Database
Other Geospatial Soviet Union
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
Google Analytic Metrics Metrics page
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