The Denver-Julesburg or DJ Basin is a geologic structural basin located in northeastern Colorado, it extends into Wyoming, Nebraska, and western Kansas. The basin consists of a large syncline of stratified Paleozoic and Mesozoic sedimentary rock layers. Within these rock layers are the Cretaceous sandstones that produce the majority of petroleum products that are extracted from the basin including the Wattenburg Field which is one of the largest natural gas deposits in the US. The upper formations of the DJ Basin are aquifers that are referred to as the Denver Basin aquifers. These aquifers provide water to millions of people in Colorado.
The Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Colorado School of Mines, and The Univesity of Colorado at Boulder provide information on paleontologic and geologic resources located in the DJ Basin. We have highlighted several links below to help you in your search for information.
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Follow a fossil
– on line exhibit on how fossils are found, prepared and researched
– learn about Denver’s geologic history based on research drilling in 1999.
– learn about strange creatures that lived here only a short time ago
Colorado School of Mines
This museum has approximately 50,000 minerals, fossils, gemstones, and artifacts.