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Petroleum Traps and Associated Facies of Salt Domes

Published:
January 01, 1984

Abstract

It hardly needs to be restated that oil fields associated with salt diapirs have constituted the most important play in the Gulf Coast area since the discovery of Spindletop in 1901. In the petroleum industry the term “piercement dome” is restricted to salt diapirs that have pierced a reservoir section. Under this restricted usage, many deep diapirs are not termed piercement although they are true diapirs apart from the lack of reservoirs around them. This restricted usage is not always adhered to, as in the depth classification of “piercement domes” in figure 1; in relation to the reservoir, the deep dome shown is nonpiercing.

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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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