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

Open-File Report 97-470-L
Compiled by: Christopher D. French and Christopher J. Schenk



This map was created as part of a worldwide series of geologic maps for the U.S. Geological Survey’s World Energy Project, available on CD-ROM and through the Internet. The goal of the project is to assess the undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and gas resources of the world. Geologic provinces were created for ranking purposes in the World Petroleum Assessment 2000 (U.S. Geological Survey World Energy Assessment Team, 2000). A modified subset of these provinces are shown on the map, based on new bathymetric data and geologic knowledge. Geologic province boundaries are not intended to be taken for country boundaries or exclusive economic zone (EEZ) boundaries. The USGS World Petroleum Assessment 2000 - Description and Results can be found online at: Oil and gas fields are represented by a single geographic point in the center of the field and displays field type (oil or gas) only. The map includes three surface geology datasets, which were modified for display purposes.

Suggested Citation

French, C.D. and Schenk, C.J., 2006, Map showing geology, oil and gas fields, and geologic provinces of the Gulf of Mexico region: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 97-470-L,

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

ISSN: 0196-1497 (print)

Study Area

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Map showing geology, oil and gas fields, and geologic provinces of the Gulf of Mexico region
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 97-470
Chapter L
DOI 10.3133/ofr97470L
Year Published 2006
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Central Energy Resources Science Center, World Energy Assessment Team
Description 1 Plate: 36 x 60 inches; Database; ReadMe
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
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