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 Strategic Petroleum Reserve currently has about 645 million barrels of crude stored deep across four underground caverns created in salt domes along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coasts. Sarah Min, CBS News, "What is the Strategic Petroleum Reserve?," 16 Sep. 2019 Two companies want to tap the salt dome for compressed air energy storage, an old but rarely used technology that can store large amounts of power. Los Angeles Times, "A clean energy breakthrough could be buried deep beneath rural Utah," 8 Aug. 2019 The Utah salt dome was discovered in the 1970s by drillers looking for oil and gas. Los Angeles Times, "A clean energy breakthrough could be buried deep beneath rural Utah," 8 Aug. 2019 Paws Park, a dog park, as well as batting cages and a salt dome used by the city will be relocated from Oakton Park, officials said. Heather Cherone,, "Park Ridge Parks mulls payment to promote idea of potential referendum, tax hike to renovate Oakton Park," 5 Aug. 2019 An Exxon supervisor told WAFB a possible tornado hit a salt dome facility just after 10 a.m. The extent of the injuries was not immediately clear. Jennifer Larino,, "At least 3 injured after possible tornado hits Exxon plant in Sorrento: report," 6 June 2019 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

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1908, in the meaning defined above

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