George Carpenter, Roger Amato Minerals Management Service Herndon, Va. The Carolina trough is one of the world's largest undrilled salt basins and may contain important amounts of oil and gas. The potential for finding large hydrocarbon accumulations in the Carolina trough is believed to be very good, largely because the great majority of salt basins tend to be productive. Salt basins are among the most prolific oil and-as producers of any basin type.

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