A HYPOTHESIS CONCERNING THE DISTRIBUTION OF SALT AND SALT STRUCTURES IN THE GULF OF MEXICO.
TEXAS A AND M UNIV COLLEGE STATION DEPT OF OCEANOGRAPHY
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Recent studies indicate that it may be possible for significant thicknesses of salt to be deposited in a deep-water environment. This hypothesis makes it possible to propose a relatively simple model for the Gulf of Mexico which accounts for the distribution of the deep-water salt structures including the Sigsbee Knolls, the diapiric structures on the northern continental slope, and possibly the anticlines of the western Gulf. However, most recent geophysical data indicate that a thick salt layer is not present across the Gulf of Mexico basin. These data suggest that the Sigsbee scarp represents the southernmost extent of the salt of the northern Gulf region and that the trend of the Sigsbee Knolls and domes is the northern extent of the migration of salt from south Mexico. Author
- Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy