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Reflection Seismology Concepts

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January 01, 2004

Abstract

In the oil industry, geophysical interpretation is concerned mainly with one method — surface reflection seismology. Although other seismic techniques, such as refraction seismology, borehole seismology (cross-borehole and vertical seismic profiling [VSP]), and teleseismic methods are sometimes used, reflection seismology remains the workhorse of exploration geophysics.

Many good textbooks describe theoretical seismology (Aki and Richards, 2002), exploration seismology (Sheriff and Geldart, 1995), and seismic data processing (Yilmaz, 2001). Our purpose is not to duplicate the excellent information on exploration seismology in those books but to explain some basic principles of reflection seismology that are necessary for seismic interpretation. These principles involve reflection amplitudes and traveltimes. We leave the details to those other textbooks.

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Geophysical Monograph Series

Fundamentals of Geophysical Interpretation

Laurence R. Lines
Laurence R. Lines
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Rachel T. Newrick
Rachel T. Newrick
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Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Volume
13
ISBN electronic:
9781560801726
Publication date:
January 01, 2004

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