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Tertiary Gulf Coast Salt Diapirism and Growth Faulting Interaction

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January 01, 1984

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In the Houston salt diapir province (for locations of this and other areas described here, see unit 29) salt diapirism dominates the structural style so much that prediapiric structures have been distorted to the point of obscurity. But the growth-fault trend prominent to the southwest is still recognizable on isopach maps in the salt diapir province.

This area provides an example of the process whereby a distal zone of growing diapirs is overridden by a zone of growth faults being carried along a prograding margin. Continued rise of the diapirs deforms the growth faults. The faults may be migration paths for hydrocarbons, and fault-related traps can be distorted by salt diapirism so that hydrocarbons are redistributed or leaked in the second phase of deformation. Because of their depth and complexity, the geometry of these traps is little known and little understood, but they are likely to contain substantial reserves of geopressured gas.

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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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