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Hodgson, S.F., 1987, Onshore oil and gas seeps in California: California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil and Gas, Publication No. TR26, 97 p.

Lillis, P.G., Magoon, L.B., Stanley, R.G., McLaughlin, and Warden, A., 1999, Characterization of northern California petroleum by stable carbon isotopes: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 99-164, 19 p. Available online at:

Lorenson, T.D., Collett, T.S., and Hunter W.B., 2011, Gas geochemistry of the Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Test Well, Milne Pt. Alaska—Implications for gas hydrate exploration in the Arctic: Marine and Petroleum Geology, vol. 28, p. 343-360. doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2010.02.007.

Lorenson, T.D, Hostettler, F.A., Rosenbauer, R.J., Peters, K.A., Kvenvolden, K.A., Dougherty, J.A., Gutmacher, C.A., Wong, F., and Normark, W., 2009, Natural offshore seepage and related tarball accumulation on the California coastline – Santa Barbara Channel and the southern Santa Maria Basin; Source identification and inventory. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009-1225 and MMS report 2009-030. 260p.

Lorenson, T.D., Leifer, I., Wong, F.L., Rosenbauer, R.J., Campbell, P.L., Lam, A., Hostettler, F.D., Greinert, J., Finlayson, D.P., Bradley, E.S., and Luyendyk, B.P., 2011, Biomarker chemistry and flux quantification methods for natural petroleum seeps and produced oils, offshore southern California: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2011-5210, 45 p., 4 data files and OCS Study BOEM 2011–016

Lorenson, T.D., McLaughlin, R.J., Kvenvolden, K.A., Orange, D.L., Davisson, M.L., Brewer, P.G., and Martin, J.B., 1998, Comparison of offshore and onshore gas occurrences, Eel River basin, Northern California: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 98-781. Available

Lu, H., Lorenson, T.D., Moudrakovski, I.R.,. Ripmeester, J.A., Collett, T.S., Hunter, W.B., and Ratcliffe, C., 2011, The characteristics of gas hydrates recovered from Mt. Elbert, Milne Point, Alaska, Marine and Petroleum Geology, vol. 28 p. 411-418. doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2010.01.002.

Magoon, L.B., and Isaacs, C.M., 1983, Chemical characteristics of some crude oils from the Santa Maria basin, California, in Isaacs, C.M., and Garrison, R.E., eds., Petroleum generation and occurrence in the Miocene Monterey Formation, California: Pacific Section, SEPM, p. 201-211.

Paull, C.K. Ussler W.III, Holbrook, W.S., Hill, T., Halflidason, H., W. Winters, W., Lorenson, T.D., Aiello, J., Johnson, J.E., and Lundsten, E., 2010, Tail of the Støregga Slide: insights from the geochemistry and sedimentology of the Norwegian Basin deposits. Sedimentology, vol. 57, p. 1409 –1429. doi:10.1111/j.1365-3091.2010.01150.

Peters, K.E Hostettler, F.F., Lorenson, T.D, and Rosenbauer, R.J.,, 2008, Families of Miocene Monterey crude oil, seep,and tarball samples, Coastal California. American Association of Petroleum Geology Bulletin, v. 92, p. 1131-1152.

Scheirer, A. H., 2007, Petroleum systems and geologic assessment of oil and gas in the San Joaquin basin province, California. USGS Professional Paper 1713.

Stanley, R.G., and Lillis, P.G., Oil-bearing rocks of the Davenport and Point Reyes areas and their implications for offset along the San Gregorio and northern San Andreas faults, in Bokelmann, Götz, and Kovach, R.L, ed., Proceedings of the 3rd Conference on Tectonic Problems of the San Andreas Fault System. (last article)

Stern, L.A., Lorenson, T.D., and Pinkston, J.A., 2011, Gas hydrate characterization and grain-scale imaging of recovered cores from the BPXA-DOE-USGS Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well, Milne Point, Alaska. Marine and Petroleum Geology, vol 28. P. 394-403. doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2009.08.003.


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