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Some New Concepts in Geophysics: Abstract
New methods are rapidly being introduced in geophysical prospecting which are greatly enhancing the oil-finder's ability to discover additional reserves at lower cost. A movie is shown which briefly depicts a method, now in common use, wherein a free-falling weight develops seismic energy sufficient to examine subsurface strata to great depths. In addition to the weight dropping method as shown, other surface initiated energy systems have been developed, notable among which bears the trade name "Vibro-Seis"*. In experimental and initial usage stages are various other methods which offer considerable potential for vastly improved methods of geophysical prospecting. Improvements in magnetic tape recording and processing have provided new impetus to better methods
In a more general sense, consideration must be given to personnel, economic conditions, and how such relate to oil company and contract geophysical efforts. In view of Western Hemisphere reserve position, rising nationalism in foreign areas and in spite of current surpluses along with depressed product prices, a more favorable and stabler climate must be developed for the explorationist in order to keep petroleum competitive in the total energy market.
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1 AAPG Distinguished Lecturer, Independent Exploration Company, Houston
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