Tertiary Gulf Coast Growth Faulting
1984. "Tertiary Gulf Coast Growth Faulting", 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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A cross section through the growth-fault trend of South Texas is shown in figure 1. The extension domain continues onto the shelf (fig. 2). Whether these faults are due to upward propagation of older growth faults that originally marked an older shelf edge, or whether they denote weak extension caused by Gulfward creep down very gentle slopes is not known.
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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.