Bureau of Economic Geology

The Impact of Mantle Driven Processes on Salt Dynamics and Slope Processes, with Examples from Angola and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico

March 14, 2018 10:00 AM
Gillian Apps

Dr. Gillian Apps
Research Fellow, Bureau of Economic Geology

Gillian Apps, Alex Bump, Tim Dooley, and Andy Pulham
When people consider the Gulf of Mexico, the plate tectonic context is accounted for; in terms of its impact on hinterland uplift, sediment supply to the shelf and slope, and the gravity and salt tectonics. It is only recently that we have begun to consider the implications of super-regional effects of multi-million year mantle upwelling and down welling, on the surface topography, sediment flux to the coast and shelf margin. Here, we explore the implications for the evolution of the deep water, in terms of sediment flux & loading, gravity tectonics and salt dynamics.