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The utility of micropalaeontology and biostratigraphy has perhaps been nowhere better demonstrated than in the Gulf Coast of the United States. Gulf Coast micropalaeontology and biostratigraphy evolved through several phases in response to the shift in exploration from onshore to the deep Gulf of Mexico. During this time, micropalaeontology and biostratigraphy morphed into the discipline of chronostratigraphy while playing critical roles in exploration due to the complex geometries produced by the interplay of sea-level change, shifting loci of sedimentation and diapirism. Micropalaeontology, biostratigraphy and their latest incarnation of chronostratigraphy have contributed to the discovery, exploration and development of new...

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