Realm of Gravity Tectonics
1984. "Realm of Gravity Tectonics", 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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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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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.