University of Texas at Austin

Applied Geodynamics Laboratory


The Applied Geodynamics Laboratory (AGL) is dedicated to producing innovative new concepts in salt tectonics. This research comprises a mix of physical and mathematical modeling and seismic-based mapping and structural-stratigraphic analysis of some of the world's most spectacular salt basins.

Established in 1988, the AGL is funded by a consortium of oil companies and supported by numerous software and seismic vendors.

AGL research focuses on a complete range of salt-tectonic styles, including extensional, contractional and strike-slip systems.

The AGL is widely considered the world's premier institute for research on salt tectonics. Concepts and terminology pioneered by AGL have had a profound influence and are widely disseminated throughout the oil industry.