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Clay Creek salt dome, Washington County, Texas

William Boyd Ferguson and Joseph W. Minton
Clay Creek salt dome, Washington County, Texas
Bulletin of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (January 1936) 20 (1): 68-90


Areal geological work led to the discovery of the Clay Creek salt dome. Oil and gas are produced from sands of Yegua, Cook Mountain, Mount Selman, and Wilcox age. All producing sands lie directly over the dome. No flank production has been found to date. The upward movement of this dome commenced prior to the deposition of lower Wilcox sediments and continued, with intermissions, to the end of Jackson time, when the upward movement, as a whole, seems to have ceased. There are numerous periods throughout the entire known history of this dome in which differential movement took place. However, only two of these periods seem to have extended over a comparatively great length of geologic time. The first lasted through Wilcox deposition, a central depression having started to form during that time. The second and last major period of differential movement extended from the end of Jackson time to slightly beyond the beginning of Miocene time, resulting in a further irregular uplifting of the salt surrounding an extensive area at the center in which there was some downward movement. The central depression is confined principally to the sediments above the dome. The relief gradually decreases from the top of the Jackson formation to the top of the cap rock. Oil and gas are produced from "highs" on the rim of this cup-like feature.

ISSN: 0883-9247
Serial Title: Bulletin of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Serial Volume: 20
Serial Issue: 1
Title: Clay Creek salt dome, Washington County, Texas
Pages: 68-90
Published: 193601
Text Language: English
Publisher: American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Tulsa, OK, United States
Accession Number: 1939-005912
Categories: Areal geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: 9 figs. incl. geol. and sketch maps, 1936, abstract, World Petroleum, Vol. 7, No. 3, p. 150
N29°00'00" - N56°00'00", W115°00'00" - W97°00'00"
N25°45'00" - N36°30'00", W106°30'00" - W93°30'00"
Source Note: reprinted in Gulf coast oil fields (see Barton and Sawtelle), pp. 757-779, 1936.
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2019, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from Bibliography and Index of North American Geology, U. S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA, United States
Update Code: 1939
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