Share this entry

Share this page

salt dome

Syllabification: salt dome

Definition of salt dome in English:

noun

A dome-shaped structure in sedimentary rocks, formed where a large mass of salt has been forced upward. Such structures often form traps for oil or natural gas.
Example sentences
  • Because of their buoyancy, halite beds may deform or rise and drag surrounding rocks, producing salt domes or act as fill or lubrication in geological faults.
  • The ship first drilled in the Gulf of Mexico and in the process managed to prove one of the Doc's pet theories: that there were salt domes in the Gulf and that these were the cap rocks for oil reservoirs.
  • Halite is found in underground deposits known as salt domes, formed when ancient seas dried up and were buried under the earth.

Definition of salt dome in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day peart
Pronunciation: pərt
adjective
lively; cheerful