In 1980 and again in 1985, on the occasions of the 50th anniversary of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and the 50th anniversary of publication of Geophysics, special issues of that journal were published. In both those times, as now, the science was flourishing. The science described in those issues was directed toward exploration, but many of the methods were to form the basis for a new application, here called reservoir geophysics. In 1980, oil prices were at record highs, and in 1985 they were about to plummet; at the time of this writing, prices are again at local highs, accompanied by a renewed enthusiasm for the sound application of the science.

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