The DeSoto Canyon and Lloyd Ridge Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) lease areas (Figure 1) comprise one of the few remaining frontier exploration regions in North America. To date, no wells have been drilled in the deepwater portion of the eastern Gulf of Mexico, and only one well has been drilled on the shelf (DeSoto Canyon 512, Shell). In preparation for OCS Lease Sale 181 in December 2001, a large quantity of 2-D seismic data with a total offset range of 7900 m has recently been acquired in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. We have applied prestack depth migration...

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