Salt beds have almost infinite electrical resistivity. They differ from other infinitely resistive beds in that they are usually soluble in drilling fluids, and give rise to enlarged boreholes. An infinitely resistive bed lying between shales may be recognized from the characteristic shape of the electric log resistivity curves, and the ratios of their readings. Any one of the curves may then be used to compute the borehole diameter, and hence decide whether the bed is salt. Where a washed out salt bed is adjacent to another infinitely resistive bed in which the borehole is to gauge, the configuration of the curves is very characteristic. Apparent resistivity ratios again help to identify the salt.

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