The Gulf of Mexico (GOM) shelf is one of the most thoroughly explored regions in the world. As downstream technology has advanced, exploration and production of hydrocarbons have progressively moved into waters greater than 3500 ft in the central GOM. On the other hand, the eastern GOM is largely underexplored. It is now attracting industry attention because the Minerals Management Service of the U.S. Deparment of the Interior has scheduled OCS Lease Sale 181 for December 2001. Previous investigations of the eastern GOM structural geology (e.g., Wu, 1990; DeBalko and Buffler, 1992; Dobson and Buffler, 1997) were based on 2-D...

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