Reflection Seismology

Reflection seismology (or seismic reflection) is a method of exploration geophysics that uses the principles of seismology to estimate the properties of the Earth's subsurface from reflected seismic waves. The method requires a controlled seismic source of energy, such as dynamite/Tovex, a specialized air gun or a seismic vibrator, commonly known by the trademark name Vibroseis. Reflection seismology is similar to sonar and echolocation. This article is about surface seismic surveys, for vertical seismic profiles, see VSP.

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Reflection Seismology - History
... Reflections and refractions of seismic waves at geologic interfaces within the Earth were first observed on recordings of earthquake-generated seismic waves ... John Clarence Karcher discovered seismic reflections independently while working for the United States Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of ... In discussion with colleagues, the idea developed that these reflections could aid in exploration for petroleum ...

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