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Paleontologic Information and Data includes publicly releasable biostratigraphic and paleobathymetric summary information on active and expired fields and leases in the Gulf of Mexico.

The foraminiferal, coccolith, dinoflagellate, ostracod, radiolarian and pollen biostratigraphic markers are placed in a chronologic, chronostratigraphic and chronozonal context as determined by the BOEM Resource Evaluation biostratigrapher (see Biostratigraphic Chart of the Gulf of Mexico Offshore Region, Jurassic to Quaternary). This GOM Offshore Biostratigraphic Chart is BOEM’s reference section of paleoevents (marker extinctions, increases and acmes) and preferred taxonomy synthesized from differing biostratigraphic charts in use by oil industry paleontologic consultants and operators.

Summary reports submitted to the Federal Government from operators are translated according to the taxonomy and paleoevents found on the BOEM GOM Offshore Biostratigraphic Chart, available below as PDF or ASCII downloads. The original industry-submitted summary reports, detailed sample descriptions and metadata are available from the Disc Media Store Well Data Query:

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  • Paleo for Public Release (2000-Present)
  • Paleo for Public Release (1947-1999)
  • Paleo Lease/Wells Not Recommended for Release
  • Paleo Lease/Wells Recommended for Release

ASCII Downloads

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Releasable Paleo Reports 11/2/2020 12:22:18 PM Fixed Two files that include all released paleontologic summary reports and header data from January 1947 to October 31, 2020.
New Paleo Reports 11/2/2020 10:35:49 AM Fixed Two files that include newly released paleontologic summary reports and header data since previous update (October 1 - 31, 2020)
List of New Paleo Reports 11/2/2020 10:36:16 AM Fixed Indexed list of newly released paleontologic summary reports since previous update (October 1 - 31, 2020)