Exploration, Evaluation and Land Suitability 

GeoAssets include:

  • Home, Business or Development Locations
  • Farm & Ranch
  • Hunting Properties
  • Groundwater Aquifers
  • Petroleum Reservoirs
  • Carbon Sequestration Saline Reservoirs
  • Enhanced Weathering (Basalt) Sources and Uses
  • Rare Earth Element / Critical Mineral Sources
  • Sand & Gravel Deposits

Recognizing and Unlocking the Potential of Your Surface and Subsurface Assets

Magnet Geological provides consulting services for exploring, evaluating, and determining the suitability of a wide range of surface and subsurface resources, including petroleum, saline reservoirs for carbon sequestration, freshwater aquifers, geothermal resources, critical minerals, and sand & gravel.

Geologic Formations /
Soils & Vegetation

The core of your property, your primary GeoAsset is typically the "bedrock - soil" relationship. Soil is the skin and muscles; bedrock is the bones of your surface GeoAssets. Pedology is the term used to describe the geology of the soil, the formation of the soil. Whether the bedrock is underneath, juxtaposed or miles away it is the initiation of the soil. The climate and subsequent weathering and erosion of the soil completes the process as the original rock material makes its way downslope. Vegetation like grass to trees, to corresponding life from bacteria to bison, all survive on this slow transport of land from mountains to seas. Understanding the science of this process can be extremely valuable in the operations and management of these GeoAssets.

Surface Waters

Surface water is the excess water that the land and atmosphere cannot absorb either in soils, aquifers or through evapotranspiration between the mountains and the seas. This excess water erodes material and carries it downstream. In a nice slow clear stream, perhaps it is only carrying dissolved constituents in an ionic form, perhaps it has some salt or is high in sulfates. In a raging torrent, it carries a lot more – even more ions and clay to boulder sized materials. These materials are being abraded and worn down, further eroded. What is the past, current and future state of your freshwater – a core asset? What are the physical and chemical constituents? How might they change?

Freshwater Aquifers

Freshwater aquifers are typically sourced by surface waters, sometimes as close as rain falling directly on the recharge zone to surface waters that have been transported hundreds of miles before recharging an aquifer. Once in the recharge area and aquifer, the freshwater is likely to dissolve additional constituents from the host rocks and carry them down the aquifer, downslope eventually connecting to the surface waters. Water movement within an aquifer is part of the erosional system from mountains to seas. Understanding the geometry and chemistry of aquifers is imperative to fully understanding, developing and managing your GeoAsset.

Saline Reservoirs for Desalination

With changing climatic and environmental conditions, evaporation and precipitation, water resources in general will change; some locations better, some worse. Fortunately, our technology to understand deeper water systems has greatly improved as well as our technology to drill, produce and desalinate when needed. Understanding precipitation and evaporation patterns along with both shallow and deep aquifers will be important to the continued development of land resources.

Saline Reservoir Carbon Sequestration

Carbon Capture Utilization & Storage (CCUS) – After capture, through pressure, CO2 is converted to a supercritical state, essentially going to a liquid as a result of increased pressure. The liquid is then pumped down an approved CO2 injection well for permanent geologic sequestration in a saline (saltwater) reservoir. Typical sources are and will be point sources of CO2 and Direct Air Capture (DAC). The reservoirs and wells must meet certain criteria for CO2 sequestration. This criteria includes but not limited to depth, porosity, permeability, adequate sealing, adequate space, adequate pressure-space. 

Sand & Gravel 

Concrete has been around more than 5000 years. It is commonly a mix of lime (or near lime) and sand and gravel and is an excellent building material. It is quite possible in today's world to crush stone to make sand and gravel but it is much more economic to find near sources of natural deposits of sand and gravel. Most people think of rivers and streams, but remember that there are also many paleo deposits of sand and gravel that can be mined. It is good to consider all opportunities.

Critical Minerals / 
Rare Earth Elements

Exploration and Testing for REE and Helium - Rare Earth Elements form in Earth’s interior then brought to shallower depth through volcanics. Subsequently they can be chemically and mechanically weathered to alter and redistribute the elements. Helium - Formed in earth’s interior from the breakdown of uranium and its daughter products by the formation of alpha particles then surfaces through buoyancy.


Petroleum remains in demand. With carbon management and renewable energy sources, petroleum will continue to be used but at a smaller percentage of the total energy supply. Petroleum is not disappearing anytime soon. 

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