North Dakota Geological Survey

Sand Resources
(Proppant Potential)

 

Recently Completed Sand Testing Data Summary (Preliminary Data 1/14/20 Subject to Revision)

Location T-R-S-1/4 County % in Size Class 1Qtz. % Crush Resistance Acid Solubility (%) Bulk Density (pcf)
Denbigh Dunes-Eolian Sand 156-77-28-SW McHenry 56% as 70/140 71 6K 6.1 85.5
Denbigh Dunes-Eolian Sand 156-77-28-SW McHenry 72% as 50/140 71 7K 6.6 87.3
Denbigh Dunes-Eolian Sand 157-78-5-SW McHenry 61% as 70/140 72 5K 7.6 87.7
Denbigh Dunes-Eolian Sand 158-78-33-NE McHenry 73% as 70/140 70 5K 5.7 83.8
Denbigh Dunes-Eolian Sand 153-75-36-SE McHenry 48% as 40/70 74 6K 5.0 88.9
Denbigh Dunes-Eolian Sand 155-77-17-SW McHenry 68% as 40/70 73 5K 6.4 88.4
Denbigh Dunes-Eolian Sand 159-76-16-NW McHenry 62% as 70/140 73 4K 6.7 83.5
Denbigh Dunes-Eolian Sand 154-76-24-SE McHenry 67% as 40/70 82 5K 5.9 88.5
Denbigh Dunes-Eolian Sand 155-76-10-SW McHenry 42% as 40/70 78 5K 6.2 90.3
Denbigh Dunes-Eolian Sand 154-75-19-NE McHenry 37% as 70/140 75 6K 7.4 86.2
Denbigh Dunes-Eolian Sand 154-75-19-NE McHenry 55% as 40/70 81 5K 5.8 88.4
Denbigh Dunes-Eolian Sand 155-76-36-NE McHenry 40% as 70/140 72 6K 6.8 86.0
Denbigh Dunes-Eolian Sand 155-76-36-NE McHenry 53% as 40/70 82 4K 6.4 87.7
Denbigh Dunes-Eolian Sand 153-75-16-SE McHenry 43% as 70/140 77 5K 6.9 85.6
Denbigh Dunes-Eolian Sand 153-75-16-SE McHenry 45% as 40/70 82 5K 5.0 89.1
Denbigh Dunes-Eolian Sand 154-75-16-SW McHenry 48% as 70/140 76 6K 7.1 85.4
Denbigh Dunes-Eolian Sand 154-75-16-SW McHenry 48% as 40/70 79 4K 5.4 87.5
Denbigh Dunes-Eolian Sand 155-75-36-NW McHenry 62% as 70/140 68 6K 6.5 85.6
Denbigh Dunes-Eolian Sand 157-75-35-SW McHenry 60% as 40/70 72 6K 6.7 88.7
Denbigh Dunes-Eolian Sand 157-75-1-SE McHenry 47% as 70/140 74 5K 6.7 84.5
Denbigh Dunes-Eolian Sand 158-77-36-NE McHenry 54% as 70/140 76 4K 6.2 82.9
Denbigh Dunes-Eolian Sand 159-76-36-SW McHenry 43% as 70/140 75 5K 6.3 84.4
Denbigh Dunes-Eolian Sand 154-76-36-SE McHenry 21% as 70/140 79 6K 7.7 86.7
Denbigh Dunes-Eolian Sand 154-76-36-SE McHenry 61% as 40/70 82 5K 5.3 89.0
Denbigh Dunes-Eolian Sand 156-78-16-SE McHenry 49% as 70/140 80 6K 6.0 85.6
Denbigh Dunes-Eolian Sand 156-78-16-SE McHenry 47% as 40/70 81 4K 5.8 86.7
Denbigh Dunes-Eolian Sand 157-79-31-SE McHenry 49% as 40/70 83 4K 5.9 87.6
Denbigh Dunes-Eolian Sand 160-80-36-SE McHenry 68% as 70/140 82 5K 5.8 84.3

1Washed Sample



FS-ES1DQ Eolian Sand Resources in the Denbigh Quadrangle McHenry County, North Dakota, by Anderson, F.J., 2019.



Reports of Investigation

RI-123 Evaluation of Eolian Sand Deposits in North and South-Central North Dakota for Potential Use as Proppant by Anderson, F.J., 2019.
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.
 

Eolian Sand Deposit Maps

24K: Dnbh-s, Eolian Sand Deposits, Denbigh Quadrangle, North Dakota, 1:24,000, by Anderson, F.J., 2019.