Continental margins


  • Anonymous


It is a good bet that during the next decade considerable geophysical field research effort will be focused on the U.S. continental margins. The reasons for this follow from national needs and the results of a decade of intensive study of the ocean floors and trenches. The practical entities are related to petroleum exploration and the likelihood that the conditions required to form reservoirs of oil and gas exist in continental sedimentary structures. Scientifically, the great advances in ocean floor research point to the edges of the oceans as zones where fundamental unanswered questions concerning the differences in crustal structure between continents and oceans may be addressed.