# Distinguishing horizontal/vertical discontinuities

Series | Geophysical References Series |
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Title | Problems in Exploration Seismology and their Solutions |

Author | Lloyd P. Geldart and Robert E. Sheriff |

Chapter | 6 |

Pages | 181 - 220 |

DOI | http://dx.doi.org/10.1190/1.9781560801733 |

ISBN | ISBN 9781560801153 |

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## Problem 6.12

Pautsch (1927) showed that a horizontal or vertical interface could give identical first-arrival curves (Figure 6.12a). Add secondary refractions and reflections to show how they can distinguish between the two cases.

### Background

At Pautsch’s time only first arrivals were observed and hence interpretation had to be based on them. Today we also observe refraction events (*secondary arrivals* or *secondary refractions*) that are not first arrivals (see problem 6.20).

### Solution

For the vertical interface in Figure 6.12a(ii) there will be a direct wave plus a reflection directed back toward the source. For the horizontal interface, there is also a reflection and a refraction (head wave), the refraction curve being tangent to the reflection curve at the critical distance. These additional curves distinguish between the two cases. Also, if we move the source, the bend in the curve moves in (ii) but not in (i).

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- Ghost amplitude and energy
- Directivity of a source plus its ghost
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- Differential moveout between primary and multiple
- Suppressing multiples by NMO differences
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- Identification of events
- Traveltime curves for various events
- Reflections/diffractions from refractor terminations
- Refractions and refraction multiples
- Destructive and constructive interference for a wedge
- Dependence of resolvable limit on frequency
- Vertical resolution
- Causes of high-frequency losses
- Ricker wavelet relations
- Improvement of signal/noise ratio by stacking