The small signal-to-noise ratio encountered in the Sahara required the development of special techniques. The gentle dips and low frequencies permitted the use of a pattern of 100 shot holes recorded by an array of 100 or more geophones per trace with the linear dimensions of the arrays of the order of 100 m. The large structural dimensions allowed the compositing of as many as 5 records into a single trace. Seismic reflection exploration was made economically feasible by the use of pneumatic hammers for drilling and the less expensive nitrates for explosives. The experimental procedures leading to the selection of the techniques are described.

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