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Published estimates for the original volume of Mid-Jurassic Louann evaporites found throughout the entire Gulf of Mexico Basin vary widely. Volume totals derived from both map data and actual volume numbers, range from about 10,500 km3 (2,500 mi3) to 839,000 km3 (200,000 mi3), an 80 fold variation. Little new information has been published during the past twenty-five years to address this disparity. But gaining knowledge of the present day volume of salt would be an important metric if debates concerning the origin of the salt and the nature of the Gulf of Mexico Basin...

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