The past decade of hydrocarbon exploration has been marked by sweeping technological innovations that have greatly advanced methods for exploration and development of oil and gas reserves. An example of major importance is the use of shear waves in marine oil and gas exploration to image reflectors beneath gas chimneys. This technology grew from infancy to maturity in the 1990s, is now incorporated into commercial processing packages, and is being used with success in a number of situations. Recent SEG Annual Meetings and the Special Section of this issue of TLE have had many documented case histories about the use...

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