From an economic standpoint, very few salt domes in the Gulf Coast have been of material intrinsic value except for the oil associated with the dome. While the salt and sulphur produced from the exceptions have been valued at fabulous amounts, the rule remains, with only these few exceptions, that the salt domes in the coast are principally of interest because of the oil associated with the dome (not with the salt). As an illustration of this rule, the present practice is to discover the oil and to take the presence of the salt for granted, even though the gravitational influences due to the presence of salt are among the most important prospecting tools.

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