Abstract

The common-depth-point (CDP) seismic-reflection method was used to delineate subsurface structure in a 3-m thick, 220-m deep coal zone in the Palau area of Coahuila, Mexico. An extensive series of walkaway-noise tests was performed to optimize recording parameters and equipment. Reflection events can be interpreted from depths of approximately 100 to 300 m on CDP stacked seismic sections. The seismic data allow accurate identification of the horizontal location of the structure responsible for a drill-discovered 3-m difference in coal-zone depth between boreholes 150 m apart. The reflection method can discriminate folding with wavelengths in excess of 20 m and faulting with offset greater than 2 m at this site.

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