Editor's note: This article was published in GeoArabia, Vol. 5, No. 3, 2000. It has been slightly modified to conform to TLE style.

The past 15 years have seen several successful applications of multicomponent seismic technology in hydrocarbon exploration. Many successes have been reported in the marine environment, where statics and surface wave noise are less serious than on land. Nevertheless, research into land multicomponent methods continues with many encouraging results.

Marine multicomponent surveys rely on converted waves due to the impossibility of shear-wave propagation in water; however, on land it is possible to use shear vibrators and obtain...

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