Geo-Marine Letters

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 120–125

Three generations of mud volcanoes on the Louisiana continental slope

  • T. W. Neurauter
  • H. H. Roberts

DOI: 10.1007/BF01203723

Cite this article as:
Neurauter, T.W. & Roberts, H.H. Geo-Marine Letters (1994) 14: 120. doi:10.1007/BF01203723


Three mud volcanoes were identified in a small area of the upper continental slope of the Gulf of Mexico. One is actively accreting by small, intermittent eruptions of gas and fluid mud. Eruptions occur from a pool of gas- and oil-saturated muds that upwell and spill over the central crater edge and down the flanks of the coneshaped buildup. A second structure, a possible sand volcano, is in the last stages of activity, with only slight evidence of gas-saturated sediments. The third structure is a dormant mud volcano with furrowed sides and scattered authigenic carbonate plates and rubble but no venting of gas or fluids.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. W. Neurauter
    • 1
  • H. H. Roberts
    • 2
  1. 1.Neurauter and AssociatesHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Coastal Studies InstituteLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA