Since 1982 we have developed and refined tectonic models for the Caribbean region and surrounding areas such as the Gulf of Mexico, the Andes and the margins of the Equatorial Atlantic.
Our latest model (2020—2022) for the Gulf of Mexico focuses on the synrift history of the region, and dovetails with the drift history that is constrained by aeromagnetic data across the Gulf of Mexico. The model provides a framework for hydrocarbon exploration and spawn new research efforts across the region.
The Mexico Cordillera Research Program was a 12-year collaborative research run by Tectonic Analysis and funded by BHP, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Equinor, Nexen/CNOOC, Premier, Repsol, Hess, Total, ConocoPhillips, Cobalt, Shell, British Gas, Petrobras, ENI, Noble, and DEA.
The primary aim of our program was to characterise the clastic erosional source areas around the Gulf of Mexico for understanding sediment deposition into the Gulf of Mexico basins.
The program was carried out in collaboration with top academic institutions in Mexico, the USA, the UK and Switzerland.
Our reports are ideal launch pads for detailed prospect and block evaluations, helping to fast-track regional understanding for old and new team members and managers. All our reports are directly based on many years field and laboratory work in the region.
The collection of Exploration Framework Atlases have been recently updated and cover Colombia, Venezuela, Central Andes, Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico.
A dynamic team of industry and academic associates.
Pindell, J., Villagómez, D., Molina-Garza, R., Beltrán, A., Stockli, D., Wildman, M. 2023. Late Cretaceous–Miocene depositional evolution of Chiapas, Mexico: A foreland controlled by collision of Greater Antilles arc and the subsequent relative migration of the Chortís Block LINK
Villagómez, D., Steffensen, C., Pindell, J., Molina-Garza, R., Gray, G., Graham, R., O'Sullivan, P.O., Stockli, D., Spikings, R. 2022. Tectono-sedimentary evolution of Southern Mexico. Implications for Cretaceous and younger source-to-sink systems in the Mexican foreland basins and the Gulf of Mexico LINK
Pindell, J. and Heyn, T. 2022. Dynamo-thermal subsidence and sag–salt section deposition as magma-rich rifted margins move off plume centres along incipient lines of break-up. LINK
Erlich, R., Hale-Erlich, W., Pindell, J., Saylor, J., Sullivan, P.O. 2022. Age and provenance of the Middle Jurassic Norphlet Formation of south Texas: stratigraphic relationship to the Louann Salt and regional significance. LINK
Sierra-Rojas, M., Molina-Garza, R., Pindell, J., Rodríguez-Rodríguez, R., Serrano-García, D. 2021. Paleomagnetism, magnetostratigraphy, provenance, and tectonic setting of the Lower Cretaceous of nuclear southern Mexico. LINK
Pindell, J., Villagómez, D., Molina-Garza, R., Graham, R., Weber, B. 2020. A revised synthesis of the rift and drift history of the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding regions in the light of improved age dating of the Middle Jurassic salt. LINK
Pindell, J., Molina-Garza, R., Villagómez, D., Martens, U., Graham, R., Stockli, D., Weber, B., Sierra-Rojas, M.I. 2020. Provenance of the Miocene Nanchital conglomerate, western Chiapas Foldbelt, Mexico: implications for reservoir sands in the Sureste Basin, Greater Campeche ProvinceLINK
Graham, R., Pindell, J., Villagómez, D., Molina-Garza, R., Granath, J. and Sierra-Rojas, M. 2020. Integrated Cretaceous–Cenozoic plate tectonics and structural geology in southern Mexico.LINK
Gray, G., Villagómez, D., Pindell, J., Molina-Garza, R., O’Sullivan, P., Stockli, D., Farrell, W., Blank, D. and Schuba, J. 2020. Late Mesozoic and Cenozoic thermotectonic history of eastern, central and southern Mexico as determined through integrated thermochronology, with implications for sediment delivery to the Gulf of Mexico.LINK
Erlich, R. E. and Pindell, J. 2020. Crustal origin of the West Florida Terrane, and detrital zircon provenance and development of accommodation during initial rifting of the southeastern Gulf of Mexico and western Bahamas.LINK
Pindell, J., Weber, B., Hale-Erlich, W., Cossey, S., Bitter, M., Molina-Garza, R., Graham, R., and Erlich, R.N. 2020. Strontium isotope dating of evaporites and the breakup of the Gulf of Mexico and proto–Caribbean Seaway. LINK
Villagómez, D. Pindell, J.L., and Spikings, R. 2020. Thermal history of the crystalline basement from the western and southern Gulf of Mexico: Implications for rifting and later events. LINK
Villagómez, D. and Pindell, J. 2020. Cooling and uplift history of the Chiapas Massif. LINK
Villagómez, D. and Pindell, J. 2020. Thermochronology of the southern Mexican Margin (Xolapa Belt), Acapulco to Puerto Angel: crustal dynamics of a trench–trench–transform triple junction. LINK
Coombs, H., Kerr, A., Pindell, J., Buchs, D., Weber, B., and Solari, L. 2020. Petrogenesis of the crystalline basement along the Western Gulf of Mexico: Post-collisional magmatism during the formation of Pangaea. LINK
Molina-Garza, R., Pindell, J., Coombs, H., Weber, B., and Pena-Alonso, T. 2020. Definition of tectonic elements in Tehuantepec, southeast Mexico: An integrated geophysical, geochronological, and stratigraphic perspective. LINK
Molina-Garza, R., Lawton, T., Figueroa-Guadarrama, A., Pindell, J. 2020. Mexican record of circum–Gulf of Mexico Jurassic depositional systems and climate. LINK
Molina-Garza, R., Lawton, T., Barboza-Gudino, J., Sierra-Rojas, M., Figueroa-Guadarrama, A., Pindell, J. 2020.Geochronology and correlation of the Todos Santos Group, western Veracruz and eastern Oaxaca States, Mexico: Implications for regional stratigraphic relations and the rift history of the Gulf of Mexico. LINK
Molina-Garza, R., Pindell, J., Montaño-Cortés,P. 2020. Slab flattening and tractional coupling drove Neogene clockwise rotation of Chiapas Massif, Mexico: Paleomagnetism of the Eocene El Bosque Formation. LINK
Pindell, J., Villagómez, D., Horn, B. W., and Molina-Garza, R. 2019. Early to Middle Jurassic tectonic models for the Gulf of Mexico in light of new Bajocian ages for proximal salt deposition.LINK