T040:
Tectonics of the Gulf Coast Region: Lithospheric Structure and What Lurks Beneath the Salt





Session ID#: 23158

Session Description:
The U.S. Gulf Coast lithosphere was shaped by two rifting episodes (~530 and 220-165 Ma) and ~310 Ma continental collision. Evidence of these events is now buried beneath thick sediments and salt, both onshore and offshore. The region’s complex geologic history strongly influenced Mesozoic rifting and resulted in a wide rift zone. This complex evolution makes the region an ideal place to study how geotectonic events and lithospheric structure interact to shape, stabilize, and reactivate the Gulf coast passive margin and its lithosphere. We invite a broad spectrum of contributions from observations to modeling, and from academic and industry geoscientists to help understand the structure and evolution of the buried lithosphere of this region.
Primary Convener:  Jay Pulliam, Baylor University, Waco, TX, United States
Conveners:  G. Randy Keller, University of Oklahoma Norman Campus, Norman, OK, United States, Patricia Persaud, Louisiana State University, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Baton Rouge, LA, United States and Ian O Norton, University of Texas, Austin, TX, United States

Cross-Listed:
  • S - Seismology

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Mei Liu, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Lincoln, NE, United States and Irina Filina, Assistant professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Lincoln, NE, United States
G Randy Keller, University of Oklahoma Norman Campus, Norman, OK, United States, Kevin Lee Mickus, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO, United States and William A Thomas, Geological Survey of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, United States
Delores Robinson, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, United States and Amy L Weislogel, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, United States
Irina Filina, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, United States
Joseph Soloman Thangraj1, Diego Quiros2 and Jay Pulliam1, (1)Baylor University, Waco, TX, United States, (2)Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, United States
Yao Yao, University of Houston, Houston, TX, United States and Aibing Li, University of Houston, EAS, Houston, TX, United States
Erik Lundin, Statoil, Trondheim, Norway and Anthony G Doré, Statoil, London, United Kingdom
Robert J Stern, Univ Texas Dallas, Richardson, TX, United States

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