salt dome


Definition of salt dome

: a domical anticline in sedimentary rock that has a mass of rock salt as its core

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The discovery of petroleum at the Spindletop Hill salt dome in January 1910 led to a drilling frenzy that is still going today. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Road Trip: 5 Days from New Orleans to Houston," 19 July 2018 The natural gas assets include an underground salt dome in Mississippi and a natural gas storage facility in Alabama. Rob Nikolewski,, "Sempra selling some of its assets — but activist investors appear unmoved," 28 June 2018 Tabasco sauce has been made atop the Avery Island salt dome for more 150 years, but climate change might be the top threat to the next 150. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "How climate change threatens to sink one of the world’s most popular hot sauces | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 27 Mar. 2018 Rich soil topping the salt dome fostered the growth of palmettos and ancient oaks drooping with Spanish moss. Tristan Baurick,, "Tabasco's homeland fights for survival in Louisiana against storms and rising seas," 27 Jan. 2018 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW Last year, BP began testing a new algorithm to image under deep-sea salt domes, which distort seismic waves that companies use to map features below the earth, making oil harder to locate. David Hunn, San Antonio Express-News, "BP doubles power of oil-finding computer," 18 Dec. 2017

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1908, in the meaning defined above

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