Abstract

The eroded Mississippian surface is the major unconformity in the province of Alberta. To map its erosional highs and lows is most important, because the Mississippian may be productive of hydrocarbons or may cloak the attitude of deeper sediments from which production is sought. This paper deals with the methods of presentation of reflection seismic data to that end, together with a suggested recording instrument technique. Some of the interpretive problems, and the possible significance of Mississippian porosity on the acoustic impedance of its reflection are mentioned. Maps of similar data, one geological and the other reflection seismic, are presented for comparison. The former is obtained from drilled wells and the latter from reflection shooting performed prior to drilling.

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