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Gulf of Mexico Continental Slope—Understanding the Magnetic Response Due to the Salt Intrusion

Corine Prieto
Corine Prieto
Integrated Geophysics Corporation Houston, Texas, USA
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January 01, 1998


It has been estimated conservatively that 15% of the U. S. domestic oil production and 17% of its natural gas production come from fields offshore Louisiana along the continental shelf margin. It is this past productivity that has led the industry to enter the deeper waters of the continental slope to explore for future reserves. Exploration is a challenge because of the extent of the untested area and its geologic and geophysical complexities.

The objective of this footnote is to illustrate the enhancement to exploration efforts by the adjunct of magnetic data. Understanding the cause and character of the magnetic response due to the salt/sediment interface will lead to the integration of the magnetic data with other geophysical methods. The integration process should lead to a more accurate geologic solution of an exploration problem.

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Geologic Applications of Gravity and Magnetics: Case Histories

Richard I. Gibson
Richard I. Gibson
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Patrick S. Millegan
Patrick S. Millegan
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