Editor's note: This series is designed to update the classic Pitfalls in Seismic Interpretation by Tucker and Yorstan, first published by SEG in 1973. Contact Steve Henry (geolearn@aol.com) for information about contributing to this series.

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The fundamental value of horizon autopicking is that it quickly and accurately performs straightforward event correlations (in the words of C. Hewitt Dix, those correlations that “almost anyone can understand”), thereby allowing an interpreter to devote greater attention to more difficult and complex problems. In “Modern 3-D seismic interpretation” (TLE, 1998), Dorn thoroughly describes autopicking (also known as autotracking) as one...

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