Abstract

The seismic discovery of the Fargo Field, Wilbarger County, Texas, followed routine correlation procedures as practiced in 1936. Management contributed the policy of permitting record quality to determine the area explored. Gravity confirmed the seismic interpretation which was confirmed also in most details by subsequent wells.Seismic coverage averaged three townships per month at a cost of $28 per profile and $87 per square mile for the three-mile square grids employed.The question is examined whether this comparatively low-cost technique might be modernized into an effective reconnaissance tool. A line of the key data was transferred to magnetic tape (at some loss) and a few modern techniques employed. Compositing of these data was unpromising. Cross-correlation of the composited data failed to yield sufficient improvement. A quasi-continuous variable-density presentation of 33 percent bed coverage shows the structure and provides some detail. The results suggest that further research might succeed in developing a useful method.

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