Abstract

For the first time, seismic velocity measurements from well surveys have been made intensively enough to justify an analysis of the velocity field in an entire area instead of just along lines between wells. Maps are drawn showing velocity changes in the southeastern San Joaquin Valley of California. A portion of the valley floor in the neighborhood of Bakersfield, about twenty-five miles wide and thirty-five miles long, was chosen for study because of the number of wells in the area whose velocities were known. Differences in average velocity of 1700 feet per second for a constant depth are observed, and horizontal velocity gradients averaging over 100 feet per second per mile are computed. Correction schemes for the adjustment of seismic data are suggested, and correction maps shown.An attempt is made to establish a connection between stratigraphy and seismic velocity. Comparative study of the logs of wells and the velocities observed in them yields certain qualitative conclusions, but attempts to express the relation in a quantitative way fail.

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