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Extreme Life and Environments
A computer enhanced multibeam bathymetry map of the northwestern and northern Gulf of Mexico continental shelf and slope. The continental slope surface reflects an array of intraslope basins, sites of thick accumulations of sediment, surrounded by higher relief features in the form of ridges and domes that are the expressions of salt masses in the shallow subsurface. Major lease areas established by the Minerals Management Service are superimposed on the image and important features like the Sigsbee Escarpment at the base of the slope are labeled.
Credit: Harry H. Roberts
01/14/09

 



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