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Gulf Coast Tertiary Strain Domains

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January 01, 1984

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Progradational clastic continental margins like the northern Gulf of Mexico can be divided into stable (e.g., Woodbine and Midway margins) and unstable (e.g., Tuscaloosa and Wilcox margins) types. In the unstable type, large-scale normal faulting at the margin modifies the original depositional geometry and allows local subsidence rates much greater than the regional subsidence (fig. 1). Sediments accumulating here can thus form a substantial part of the total basin fill (fig. 2). The growth faults individually propagate upward and their collective activity shifts basinward with the prograding continental margin.

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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
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25
ISBN electronic:
9781629811543
Publication date:
January 01, 1984

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