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To aid the petroleum geologist concerned with geologic and paleontologic reconstructions, this paper reviews the classification of marine environments as used widely by oil company micropaleontologists in the coastal regions of the Gulf of Mexico, and offers a tabulation in categories of the more commonly used environmental terms to clarify their usage. Uniform usage of environmental terms by geologists and paleontologists is desirable for clear communication, especially those terms relating to depth-related environments identified by fossils, such as the neritic, bathyal, and abyssal realms.
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