Seismic prospecting in Mexico dates from 1923 when refraction techniques were applied for the first time in The Golden Lane and the Gulf Coast of the United States to delineate salt domes and reefs (Table 1).

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In Mexico, like most of the rest of the world, 3D surveys currently dominate seismic activity. The value of 3D is illustrated by Figure 1 which shows that the 2D seismic interpretation of Campeche Bay in the 1970s missed structural features and important fields that are evident on the 3D interpretation. 3D seismic data has been a reliable guide to such important...

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