U. S. BOEM Releases Highest-Resolution Bathymetry Map of the Gulf of Mexico… Evah!

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From the U.S. Government Occasionally Does Something Useful Department:

A 1.4-Billion-Pixel Map of the Gulf of Mexico Seafloor

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management releases the highest-resolution bathymetry map of the region to date.

salt-tectonics-gulf-of-mexico-map-oil-industry-data-main-800x600 A new bathymetry map, created by integrating many 3-D seismic surveys, reveals the Gulf of Mexico’s seafloor in unprecedented detail. Above is a snippet of this map, roughly 220 kilometers wide, showing the central Gulf of Mexico’s complex morphology of salt domes and minibasins. Credit: BOEM

By K. V. Kramer and W. W. Shedd 24 May 2017

The geology of the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) is dynamic, driven not by plate tectonics but by the movement of subsurface bodies of salt. Salt deposits, a remnant of an ocean that existed some 200 million years ago, behave in a certain way when overlain by heavy sediments. They compact, deform, squeeze into…

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