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. 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.

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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
Contributing office(s) World Energy Assessment Team, Central Energy Resources Science Center
Description Map, 36 x 60 in.; 1 CD-ROM; Internet Mapping Service (IMS)
Public Comments see also DS-60
Projection Lambert conformal conic
Scale 0
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y