The geophysical and drilling discovery of the Tomball oil field, Harris County, Texas, marks one of the important mile-posts in the course of Gulf Coast geophysics. The success of Tomball arrived at that troublesome period when refraction seismographs were on the way out, and reflection seismographs were dubiously bidding for entrance, when Gulf Coast geologists and geophysicists were sorely stressed to change their ideas, their tools and technique to meet the challenge of existing indeterminative, “marginal” geophysical prospects, and when an oil field discovery on this new type of geophysical prediction was needed to reestablish confidence and insure cooperation on the part of management.

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