In promoting the Ross Formation (Carboniferous Shannon Basin)2 as an excellent outcrop analog for Gulf of Mexico, oil-rich, Pliocene–Pleistocene, salt-withdrawal minibasins, Pyles (2008) reaffirmed the popular deep-sea-turbidite model for the Ross Formation (Collinson et al., 1991; Chapin et al., 1994; Elliott, 2000; Martinsen et al., 2000; Lien et al., 2003) without mentioning a detailed published reinterpretation of the Ross Formation as lacustrine, river-fed turbidites (hyperpycnites) and wave-modified turbidites (Higgs, 2004). Oil field development in technologically challenging deep-water settings can have costly economic consequences if based on predictions emanating from inappropriate outcrop...

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