Continental Margin - U. S. Gulf Coast
1977. "Continental Margin - U. S. Gulf Coast", Geology of Continental Margins, Joseph R. Curray, William R. Dickinson, Wallace G. Dow, Kenneth O. Emery, Donald R. Seely, Peter R. Vail, Hunter Yarborough
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Multichannel sections across U. S. Gulf Coast Continental Margins show structure and sedimentary layers to much greater depths than most previously published data. A section across the Perdido Escarpment, three to four sections across the Sigsbee Scarp and two sections across the Florida scarp will be used to show some of these differences. The various hypotheses about the formation of these scarps will be discussed in the light of these new data, as well as the structure of the associated continental slopes and shelves. The deep Gulf of Mexico Basin sections which bear on these areas will also be presented. Significant sedimentary accumulations occur both above and below these scarps, so that the Gulf Coast hydrocarbon province may well extend out into the deep Gulf Basin.
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Written in 1977 the publication presents interpretations of then-new data bearing on the geology and geophysics of continental margins. The book includes a discussion of plate tectonics and evolution of continental margins; presentations on the stratigraphy and structure of pull-apart and compressional margin;, prospective petroleum source rocks, their organic content, rate of burial, and distribution on slopes and rises of different margin types; prospective reservoir rock patterns in relation to depositional processes and to the sedimentary and structural histories for different types of continental margins; and seismic recognition of depositional facies on slopes and rises for different margin types with varying rates of sediment supply during eustatic sea-level changes.