Submarine Slope Systems II
1984. "Submarine Slope Systems II", Structural and Depositional Styles of Gulf Coast Tertiary Continental Margins: Application to Hydrocarbon Exploration, Martin P.A. Jackson, William E. Galloway
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Seismic stratigraphy has proved particularly useful in delineating the depositional architecture of continental margins. The scale of slope units is commonly adequate for resolution by CDP data, and the depositional topography of slope features – canyons, fans, slump sheets, etc. — is diagnostic.
The relationship of slope bedding to bounding stratal surfaces or features is particularly useful for distinguishing major types of slope systems. Basic slope architectures are (fig. 1):
Of flap (progradational)
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Structural and Depositional Styles of Gulf Coast Tertiary Continental Margins: Application to Hydrocarbon Exploration
The structure and genetic stratigraphy of the Gulf of Mexico continental margin are inextricably intertwined. As hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation advance into the deeply buried Tertiary basin fill, interpretation of the complex depositional and structural styles of the outer shelf and upper slope setting will increasingly challenge the interpreter. This publication provides a coherent summary of the key concepts, models, and tools that are needed to meet this exploration challenge, and includes chapters on: basic principles, submarine slope systems, models of growth faults, mechanics of diapir growth, petroleum traps, and techniques on analyzing normal faults and balancing cross sections with extended strata.