Continental Margins of the Gulf of Mexico

  • John W. Antoine
  • Ray G. MartinJr.
  • T. G. Pyle
  • William R. Bryant

Abstract

The Gulf of Mexico is a small ocean basin whose continental margins are structurally complex and in some cases rather unique. The origin of the Gulf Basin and the subsequent construction of the continental margins are somewhat in contention. The prominent theories contain one of four basic ideas that the Gulf represents: (1) a foundered and oceanized continental mass; (2) a downwarp related to a thermally controlled phase change in the crust and mantle; (3) a gigantic tensioned rift formed in relation to Mesozoic opening of the Atlantic Ocean; and (4) a Paleozoic or older ocean basin.

Keywords

Shale Drilling Lime Hull Miocene 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John W. Antoine
  • Ray G. MartinJr.
  • T. G. Pyle
  • William R. Bryant

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