Shale play

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Shale plays are areas where given types of hydrocarbons accumulate. In the United States many of the plays contain large amounts of natural gas. Shale plays often share geologic and geographic similarities.[1][2]

The map below shows the seven most prolific shale regions in the United States. Together, these seven regions accounted for all natural gas production and 95 percent of oil production from 2011 to 2013 in the United States.

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