Tertiary Gulf Coast Gravity-Glide Folding and Faulting: The Mexican Ridges
1984. "Tertiary Gulf Coast Gravity-Glide Folding and Faulting: The Mexican Ridges", 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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The Mexican Ridges underlie almost all of the western Gulf of Mexico south of the Rio Grande. The southern half of the ridges has been studied in the most detail, resulting in subdivision into two zones-4a and 4b (fig. 1). The reader is referred to unit 27 for a discussion of the tectonic setting of fold and thrust zones on divergent continental margins.
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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.