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The Outer Santa Cruz and Bodega basins of offshore central California are Neogene narrow-transform-margin basins, having areas of 1,300 square km (500 sq. mi.) and 3,500 square km (1,350 sq. mi), respectively. Both basins contain sections ranging in age from early Miocene to recent and are underlain by Paleogene and/or Cretaceous sequences that are more structurally complex than the overlying Neogene rocks. Exploratory tests were drilled by Shell Oil Company following the central and northern California lease sale of 1963; two in the Outer Santa Cruz basin and nine in the Bodega basin.

The Outer Santa Cruz basin contains...

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