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Realm of Gravity Tectonics

Published:
January 01, 1984

Abstract

The structures that characterize divergent continental margins are almost all examples of gravity tectonics. The spectacular development of diapirism, growth faults, gravity-glide folding, and mass flow along the edges of the Gulf of Mexico qualifies it as the world's type area for currently active gravity tectonics.

The term “gravity tectonics” is more or less self-explanatory: tectonic evolution or movements propelled by the force of gravity. A common misconception is that gravity tectonics is restricted to downward movements because this is the way gravity is generally perceived to operate.

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AAPG Continuing Education Course Notes Series

Structural and Depositional Styles of Gulf Coast Tertiary Continental Margins: Application to Hydrocarbon Exploration

Martin P.A. Jackson
Martin P.A. Jackson
Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin
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William E. Galloway
William E. Galloway
Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin
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American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Volume
25
ISBN electronic:
9781629811543
Publication date:
January 01, 1984

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