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Channel-levee systems linked to a shelf-edge delta, Gulf of Mexico Interpretation

VSA Author: Zoltan Sylvester
Organization: Shell
Date Created: 2010-05-24

This is a shaded relief image of the top surface of shelf-edge delta and two related channel-levee systems. Colors draped over the topography represent time thickness (two-way traveltime) between the top and the base of the system. Seismic data courtesy of CGGVeritas. For more details on this system, see the following paper: Sylvester, Z., Deptuck, M., Prather, B., Pirmez, C., O'Byrne, C. (accepted), Seismic Stratigraphy of a Shelf-Edge Delta and Linked Submarine Channels in the NE Gulf of Mexico. In: Prather, B. et al. (eds.), Application of Seismic Geomorphology Principles to Continental Slope and Base-of-Slope Systems: Case Studies from Seafloor and Near-Seafloor Analogues, SEPM Special Publication.


  • Interpretation Administrator:
    • Zoltan Sylvester
  • VSA Author:
    • Zoltan Sylvester

Geological Interpretation

Deformation Structures
Normal Faults, Folds

Depositional Architecture
Channel / Channel Levee, Clinoform, Fan, Mass Transport Complex, Canyons / Ravines / Gullies

Depositional Environment
Deltas and Estuaries, Middle, Upper, Wave-dominated

Depositional Processes
Turbidites, Mass Wasting and Transport

Sediment Composition

Age of Strata

Geographic Context

Political Geography
United States of America


Data Presentation
Vertical Scale - Time

Image Type
Horizon/Surface Map