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The petroleum geology of the Mississippi Canyon, Atwater Valley, western DeSoto and western Lloyd Ridge protraction areas, offshore northern Gulf of Mexico, is controlled by the interaction of salt tectonics and high sedimentation rate during the Neogene, and has resulted resulting in a complex distribution of reservoirs and traps. Seventy-eight fields/discoveries are evaluated and comprise structures with four-way closures (18), three-way closures (46), and stratigraphic traps (14). Three of these discoveries are in Upper Jurassic eolian reservoirs, the remainder are in Neogene deep-water reservoirs.

The tectonic-stratigraphic evolution of the area is analyzed at eleven discrete intervals between 24 Ma...

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