HOW OIL SEEPS, DISCOVERIES RELATE IN DEEPWATER GULF OF MEXICO

Roger Sassen, James M. Brooks, Mahlon C. Kennicutt II, Ian R. MacDonald, Norman L. Guinasso Jr. Geochemical and Environmental Research Group College Station, Tex. Biomarker compounds of crude oils from deepwater Gulf of Mexico seeps are consistent with an origin from deeply-buried Mesozoic carbonate source rocks. The known oil reserves, however, are trapped in shallow Miocene to Pleistocene sands.

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