William L. Abriel, Alistair R. Brown, Bob A. Hardage, Donald A. Herron, Robert A. Ratliff, R. Randy Ray; Introduction to special section: Pitfalls in the structural interpretation of seismic data. Interpretation ; 3 (1): SBi–SBii. doi: https://doi.org/10.1190/INT2014-1213-SPSEINTRO.1
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Reflection seismic data images the earth’s acoustic impedance changes in continuous 2D sections or 3D volumes. Structural geology is obtained by interpreting the continuity and discontinuities of the reflections caused by impedance contrasts. But the art of interpretation requires special knowledge in underlying principles to avoid false interpretations.
Tucker and Yorston (1973) publish the SEG monograph “Pitfalls in seismic interpretation” illustrating how to avoid false seismic interpretations. A classic example they present is the incorrect seismic structural interpretation of an anticline only to discover the seismic data are not migrated and the structure is actually a syncline. Since this publication,...