The last time TLE published a near-surface geophysics special section was in November 1997. Since then, the level of technological improvement has gained momentum and new applications. This is clearly demonstrated by the papers submitted to this special section. Interestingly, nearly half of them came from first-time TLE authors. In addition, the source distribution was broad based including some international papers—a positive sign that TLE has succeeded as a global information vehicle by which geophysicists of various backgrounds share ideas, concepts, and experiences.

It is apparent, unfortunately, that near-surface geophysicists rarely interact and associate with petroleum geophysicists. This is likely...

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