The first major attempt to employ the reflection method in California was made in 1931. The first results were disappointing, but by the early part of 1932 a prospect near Merced was successfully mapped. The correlation method was found to have limited applicability and the dip method was generally adopted. Most of the early work was performed with wide spacing of stations and lines since very close control was not considered necessary to discover the larger structural features which were then of greatest interest. As a result of this early reflection work several important oil fields were discovered among which are the Wilmington and Rio Bravo fields. A brief history of the discovery of these two fields is given and the seismic maps are compared with the later geologic maps compiled from well data.

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