EGU2020-6611
https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-6611
EGU General Assembly 2020
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Study on distribution features of faults based on gravity data in the Gulf of Mexico and its adjacent areas

Jie Ma1, Wanyin Wang1, Xiangdong Du2, Wenjie Cai2, Xiaolin Ji1, Min Yang1,3, Xingang Luo1,3, and Dingding Wang1
Jie Ma et al.
  • 1Institute of Gravity and Magnetic Technology, Chang’an University, Xi'an, China (mj0503@126.com, wwy7902@chd.edu.cn, jixl@chd.edu.cn,yangmin@chd.edu.cn,lxg_chd@163.com,wdd260301@chd.edu.cn)
  • 2CNOOC Research Institute, Beijing, China(duxd@cnooc.com.cn, caiwj@cnooc.com.cn)
  • 3Earth Sciences, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Canada

In the study of Gulf of Mexico and its adjacent areas, the faults are kinds of important structures in the plate tectonics, oceanic-continental distribution and sedimentary basin structure. Based on the normalized vertical derivative of total horizontal derivative (NVDR-THDR) of Bouguer gravity anomaly and the minimum curvature field separation method, the distribution characteristics of the faults and the relating geological effects are studied. Because of the interaction between the plates, at the plate margin, the maximum values in the map of NVDR-THDR of Bouguer gravity anomaly are characterized by stable and continuous strikes. The maximum values in the map of NVDR-THDR of Bouguer gravity anomaly of intraplate region are macroscopically consistent and locally discontinuous. The faults in NWW and EW-NEE directions are mostly related to plate movement. In NE-NEE directions, arc faults are related to oceanic crust expansion. The faults in NE and NW are related to late Jurassic rift activities, or simply showing the boundaries of Yucatan and Chortis old landmass. The faults in nearly SN direction are less than that of we have talked above. In the Gulf of Mexico, there are four kinds of faults: the transition faults and mid-ocean ridge faults in the middle of central deep-sea area, the ocean-crust boundary faults in the north and south side of the central deep-sea area, the faults of thinning continental crust in the north and south of the Gulf of Mexico and the strike slip faults in the west of the Gulf of Mexico. Our research can contribute to regional geological researches and natural resources evaluations.

How to cite: Ma, J., Wang, W., Du, X., Cai, W., Ji, X., Yang, M., Luo, X., and Wang, D.: Study on distribution features of faults based on gravity data in the Gulf of Mexico and its adjacent areas, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-6611, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-6611, 2020

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