It has recently been demonstrated (Jacques and Clegg, 2002; Jacques et al., 2003) that an understanding of the plate tectonic history of the Gulf of Mexico Basin is essential if we are to extend our knowledge of the distribution and quality of source rock and reservoir into deep and ultradeepwater frontier petroleum provinces. We need to combine our tectonostratigraphic knowledge of the onshore and shallow water regions with a variety of techniques, both well established and new, if we are to identify and evaluate the petroleum systems of the Gulf of Mexico Basin. To this end, an extensive work program...

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