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    OFR 97-470-L

Map Showing Geology, Oil and Gas Fields, and Geologic Provinces of the Gulf of Mexico Region

Digitally Compiled by Christopher D. French and
Christopher J. Schenk

Image showing Gulf of Mexico geology project extent relative to world extent.
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  Getting Started

This CD-ROM compilation contains a map and associated spatial data showing geology, oil and gas field centerpoints, and geologic provinces of the Gulf of Mexico region, draped over a shaded-relief image of topography and bathymetry. The map is provided in the Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI) ArcMap and ArcReader GIS formats, as well as in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF).

The organization and navigation of this CD-ROM ensures easy access to its maps and data by using the links on the right side of each page. A link to the USGS World Energy Project website is also provided to access the latest information, updates, and interactive maps, related to this and other world energy products. In addition, system requirements and contact information can be found in the readme section of this product.

Navigation of this product can be fully utilized with most web browsers (Internet Explorer 6.0/Netscape Navigator 7.1 or later recommended). Note: an Internet connection is necessary to view USGS website links, the World Energy website, and the Gulf of Mexico Internet Map Service.


  About the Map

This thumbnail opens a larger image of the Gulf of Mexico map. Click on the map for a larger view.

This map was created as part of a worldwide series of geologic maps for the U.S. Geological Survey's World Energy Project. These products are available on CD-ROM and the Internet. The goal of the project is to assess the undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and gas resources of the world. Two previously published digital geologic data sets (U.S. and Caribbean) were clipped to the map extent, while the dataset for Mexico was digitized for this project. Original attributes for all data layers were maintained, and in some cases, graphically merged with common symbology for presentation purposes.

The world has been divided into geologic provinces that are used for allocation and prioritization of oil and gas assessments. For the World Energy Project, a subset of those provinces is shown on this map. Each province has a set of geologic characteristics that distinguish it from surrounding provinces. These characteristics may include dominant lithologies, the age of the strata, and/or structural type.

The World Geographic Coordinate System of 1984 is used for data storage, and the data are presented in a Lambert Conformal Conic Projection on the OFR 97-470-L map product. Other details about the map compilation and data sources are provided in metadata documents in the data section on this CD-ROM.

Several software packages were used to create this map including: Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI) ArcGIS 8.3, ArcInfo software, Adobe Photoshop CS, Illustrator CS, and Acrobat 6.0.

Data Sources

French, C.D., and Schenk, C.J., 2004, Map showing geology, oil and gas fields,
   and geologic provinces of the Caribbean region: U.S. Geological
   Survey Open-File Report 97-470-K, 1 CD-ROM. [on-line] available

Instituto Nacional de Estadistica Geographia e Informatica, Natural Resources Canada,
   and the U.S. Geological Survey, 2004, North American Atlas - Political Boundaries.

IOC, IHO, and BODC, 2003, "Centenary Edition of the GEBCO Digital Atlas", published
   on CD-ROM on behalf of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and
   the International Hydrographic Organization as part of the General Bathymetric
   Chart of the Oceans; British Oceanographic Data Centre, Liverpool.

Klett, T.R., Ahlbrandt, T.S., Schmoker, J.W., and Dolton, G.L., 1997, Ranking of the
   world’s oil and gas provinces by known petroleum volumes: U.S. Geological Survey
   Open-File Report 97-463, 10 p. [CD-ROM]. [on-line] available at:

NRG Associates, 2001, [includes data current as of 1999], The significant oil and gas
   fields of the United States: Colorado Springs, Colorado, NRG Associates,
   Inc.; database available from NRG Associates, Inc.; P.O. Box 1655,
   Colorado Springs, CO 80901, U.S.A.

Petroconsultants International Data Corp. 2002, Petroleum exploration and
   production database: Petroconsultants International Data Corp.

Ramos, E.L., and Mejorada, S.H.S., 1976, Carta Geologica de la Republica Mexicana:
   Edition 4a. Instituto de Geologia U.N.A.M, Ciudad Universitaria, scale 1:2,000,000.

Schruben, P., Arndt, R., and Bawiec, W., 1994, Geologic units of the conterminous
   United States at 1:2,500,000 scale -- A Digital representation of the 1974 P.B. King
   and H.M. Beikman map: U.S. Geological Survey Digital Data Series DDS-11. [on-line]
   available at:


U.S. Geological Survey World Energy Assessment Team, 2000, U.S. Geological
   Survey World Petroleum Assessment 2000: U.S. Geological Survey
   Digital Data Series DDS-60, 4 CD-ROMs. [on-line] available at:


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