Models of Growth Faults
Growth faults, perhaps more usefully known as contemporaneous faults, dominate the structural style of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast. They form contemporaneously with sedimentation, so that their throw increases with depth, and strata on the downthrown side are thicker than those on the upthrown side. Their features are shown in figure 1.
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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.