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Comparison with Other Divergent Margins

Published:
January 01, 1984

Abstract

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

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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