North Dakota Geological Survey

Sand Resources
(Proppant Potential)

 

Recently Completed Sand Testing Data Summary (Preliminary Data 09/10/19 Subject to Revision)

Location T-R-S-1/4 County % in Size Class Qtz. % Crush Resistance Acid Solubility Bulk Density
Denbigh Dunes-Eolian Sand 154-76-36-SE McHenry 61% as 40/70 82 5K 5.3 89.0
Denbigh Dunes-Eolian Sand 154-76-36-SE McHenry 21% as 70/140 79 6K 7.7 86.7
Lake Richard Dunes-Eolian Sand 150-75-8-SE Sheridan 28% as 70/140 80 4K 10.5 86.0
Hazen Dunes-Eolian Sand 144-86-13-SW Mercer 49% as 70/140 77 6K 5.5 85.5
Lincoln Dunes-Eolian Sand 138-79-32-SE Burleigh 35% as 70/140 75 5K 7.6 85.8
Carson Dunes-Eolian Sand 134-86-9-NW Grant 53% as 70/140 58 3K 10.3 81.9


Reports of Investigation

RI-121 Evaluation of Tertiary (Paleocene) Bedrock Sandstone of the Sentinel Butte and Bullion Creek Formations for Potential Use as Proppant by Anderson, F.J., Moxness, L.D., Kruger, N.W., Murphy, E.C., and Maike, C.A., 2019.
RI-110 Investigation of Sand Resources in North Dakota: Sedimentological Characterization of Surficial Sand Deposits for Potential Use as Proppant by Anderson, F.J., 2011.
 

Geologic Investigations

GI-218 Sieve Analysis of Selected Late-Cretaceous and Tertiary (Paleocene) Bedrock Sandstones in North Dakota for Potential use as Proppant, Anderson, F.J., Moxness, L.D., Kruger, E.W., Murphy, E.C., and Maike, C.A., 2019.
GI-216 The Potential of the Hazen-Stanton Dunes for use as Natural Sand Proppant, Anderson, F.J., 2019.
GI-207 Eolian Sands in North Dakota Evaluated for use as Natural Sand Proppant for Oil & Gas Wells, Anderson, F.J., 2018.
GI-197 Geomorphology of Dune Sand Resources in Western Pierce County, North Dakota, Anderson, F.J., 2016.
GI-190 Geomorphology of Dune Sand Resources in Southwestern Sargent County, North Dakota, Anderson, F.J., 2016.
GI-130 Locations of Sand and Gravel Sites in North Dakota, Anderson, F.J., 2010.
 

Surface Geology Maps

AS-4-A1 Surface Geology of the Souris River Map Area, by Mark L. Lord, 1988, 1 pl. (1:250,000). $3.00.
Plate I Bulletin 74 Geologic Map of McHenry County, 1982.
 

Miscellaneous Maps

MM-43 Eolian Sand in North Dakota, Anderson, F.J., 2018.
 

Geo News Articles

Central North Dakota’s Eolian Sands Evaluated as Potential Natural Proppant Sand Alternative, Anderson, F.J., Summer 2019.
Characteristics of Loess in North Dakota for Potential Use as Microproppant, Anderson, F.J., Winter 2019.
Evaluation of Eolian Sands in North Dakota for Proppant Use, Anderson, F.J., Summer 2018.
Sand and Gravel Resources Show Record Production in North Dakota, Anderson, F.J., Summer 2012.
Dunes on the Wind-Swept Prairie: North Dakota’s Eolian Sands, Anderson, F.J., Summer 2011.
Potential Use of North Dakota Sand and Clay for Natural and Manufactured Proppants, Anderson, F.J., Winter 2011.