The Marcellus Papers–Museum of the Earth

Museum of the Earth.

The Marcellus Papers

series of papers dedicated to exploring Earth System Science issues related to Marcellus Shale drilling.
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Introduction to the Marcellus Shale *

An introduction to the geological characteristics and considerations of the Marcellus Shale, as well as its cultural history and major topics of interest. (issued May 2011)

Why the Geology Matters *

A discussion of the geological characteristics associated with the Marcellus Shale. (issued May 2011)

Making the Earth Shake: Understanding Induced Seismicity *

A discussion of the possibility of induced seismicity resulting from natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale. (issued May 2011)

Understanding Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material in the Marcellus Shale *

A discussion of the naturally occurring radioactive material resulting from natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale. (issued Aug 2011)

Jointing and Fracturing in the Marcellus Shale *

A discussion of natural fractures, or joints, present in the Marcellus Shale and the hydraulic fractures that are induced during unconventional gas drilling to extract natural gas. (issued Aug 2011)

Water: Into the Wells *

A discussion of the water input required to hydraulically fracture a Marcellus Shale well- the quantity, additives, and risks. (issued Nov 2011)

Water: Out of the Wells *

A discussion of the waste fluids from Marcellus drilling: what they are and where they will go. (issued Nov 2011)

Sources and Uses of Energy: A brief overview *

A discussion of the sources and uses of energy, how they have changed over time and how Marcellus Shale is contextualized within the larger energy system. (issued Nov 2011)

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