Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin (www.beg.utexas.edu).
BEG Seminar, November 11, 2005
Gulf Basin Depositional Synthesis (GBDS) Project:
The GBDS industry consortium was initiated in 1995 with three primary objectives:
The project is now it its 5th phase. Eighteen Cenozoic deposodes (genetic stratigraphic sequences) have been widely and consistently differentiated around the northern basin margin using regional transgressive and/or prominent paleontologic markers. Correlation and mapping of these deposodes provides a regional paleogeographic framework for reservoir prediction and play analysis. Twenty-six fluvial, deltaic, shore-zone, shelf, slope, and basinal depositional system types are differentiated on paleogeographic maps. The supporting quantitative lithofacies maps and paleogeographic syntheses together reveal evolving long-term sediment transport pathways, accumulation patterns, and the tectonostratigraphic interplay within this densely explored small ocean basin. Three such general results will be briefly discussed:
Galloway, W. E., 2005 (in press), Cenozoic evolution of the northern Gulf of Mexico continental margin: GCSSEPM Research Conference.
Galloway, W. E., 2005, Gulf of Mexico Basin depositional record of Cenozoic North American drainage basin evolution: International Association of Sedimentologists Special Publication 35, p. 409–423.
Galloway, W. E., 2002, Cenozoic evolution of sedimentation accumulation in deltaic and shore-zone depositional systems, northern Gulf of Mexico basin: Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 18, p. 1031–1040.