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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 40 (1956)

Issue: 4. (April)

First Page: 737

Last Page: 746

Title: Genesis of Salt Domes of Gulf Coastal Plain

Author(s): Michel T. Halbouty (2), George C. Hardin, Jr. (3)


The mode of deposition of the mother salt bed from which the salt domes of the Gulf Coastal Plain arose is discussed. Deposition of the salt in a restricted basin during Permian time is postulated, the deposition taking place under the conditions of Branson's "modified bar theory." The Castile sea of the Delaware Basin area of West Texas is though to have been the first of the "barred basins" necessary under the Branson theory.

The mechanics of the growth of the salt plugs of the Gulf Coastal Plain is discussed. The motive force for the intrusion of the salt plugs is attributed to the static weight of the overlying sediments, resulting in a buoyancy effect caused by the difference in density between the salt and the sediments.

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