Comparison with Other Divergent Margins
1984. "Comparison with Other Divergent Margins", 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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Divergent, or Atlantic-type, continental margin sags are a major class of petroliferous basins. Where such margins have been strongly influenced by large-scale deltaic progradation onto the slope, depositional and structural styles are very similar to those of the Tertiary Gulf Coast (fig. 1). Rapid depositional loading and consequent instability of the shelf edge and upper slope result in growth faulting and lateral extrusion of plastic shale and/or salt substrates.
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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.