Overview. Great advances have been made in understanding salt tectonics in the last decade. One of the greatest challenges for researchers is to effectively communicate these results to industry, academia, and government. To be of practical use, research results must be widely disseminated in a manner that is easy to access and understand.

     To address this problem, the Applied Geodynamics Laboratory (AGL) is creating The Salt Mine: An Interactive Atlas of Salt Tectonics. Completion of The Salt Mine is planned for 2009, with updated editions issued periodically to consortium members during construction. The Salt Mine will be published following completion. The Salt Mine is intended to be the most comprehensive collection of salt-tectonic images and animations ever assembled. It will be useful both as an introduction for salt novices and as a unique and comprehensive source of analogs for experienced users.

Contents and Organization. The Salt Mine is an HTML-based, interactive, comprehensive atlas of salt structures. When complete, the multimodule atlas will contain more than one thousand images of salt structures around the world. These include field exposures (outcrop views, geologic maps, aerial photographs, satellite images), seismic sections, geologic cross sections, conceptual sketches, and animations. In addition, the atlas will showcase hundreds of the best examples from AGL’s uniquely comprehensive collection of physical and numerical models.

Sample imagery slide show from The Salt Mine