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Late Quaternary Shelf Margin Deltas, Northern Gulf of Mexico

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John R. Suter
John R. Suter
Stratigraphic Prediction and Analysis Integrated Geological Analysis Exploration Production Technology ConocoPhillips. P.O. Box 2197 Houston, Texas 77252-2197
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Published:
December 01, 2013

Abstract

Along the shelf margin of the northern Gulf of Mexico, numerous late Quaternary deltaic systems occur where ancestral rivers encountered the shelf-slope break. These shelf-margin deltas are products of deposition during glacioeustatic fluctuations resulting from expansion and contraction of continental ice sheets. Lowered sea level shifts paralic environments seaward and creates widespread subaerial unconformities, well-defined drainage networks (incised valleys), and deltaic systems that prograded to the shelf margin. Shelf margin deltas are primary mechanisms for shelf margin and upper slope progradation, and serve as important conduits of sediment to deeper water environments.

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Shelf Margin Deltas and Linked Down Slope Petroleum Systems–Global Significance and Future Exploration Potential

Harry H. Roberts
Harry H. Roberts
Houston, Texas
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Norman C. Rosen
Norman C. Rosen
Houston, Texas
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Richard H. Fillon
Richard H. Fillon
Houston, Texas
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John B. Anderson
John B. Anderson
Houston, Texas
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SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology
Volume
23
ISBN electronic:
978-0-9836096-7-4
Publication date:
December 01, 2013

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