An idealized north to south cross section of the Gulf of Mexico. Note the presence of salt diapirs and ”piercement” structures in both the northern and southern parts of the Gulf basin, which complexly deform overlying thick sediments. NOAA will examine a number of locations in the northwestern Gulf associated with potential hydrocarbon seeps, diverse biological habitats, and several shipwrecks (figure courtesy H. Levin, 2013).

An idealized north to south cross section of the Gulf of Mexico. Note the presence of salt diapirs and ”piercement” structures in both the northern and southern parts of the Gulf basin, which complexly deform overlying thick sediments. NOAA will examine a number of locations in the northwestern Gulf associated with potential hydrocarbon seeps, diverse biological habitats, and several shipwrecks. Image courtesy of H. Levin, 2013.

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