A 400-m long, 12-fold high-resolution common depth point (CDP) reflection seismic profile was acquired across shallow converging Pennsylvanian strata in the Independence area of southeastern Kansas. One of the principal objectives was to determine practical vertical resolution limits in an excellent shallow seismic-data area with borehole control. The dominant frequency of the CDP stacked data is in excess of 150 Hz based on peak-to-peak measurements. Interference phenomena observed on stacked seismic data incorporated with models derived from log and drill-hole information suggest a practical vertical resolution limit of about 7 m, or one-third of the dominant wavelength. The data suggest conventional rules of thumb describing resolution potential are not accurate when reflectors on shallow, narrow bandwidth data converge rapidly across horizontal distances less than the Fresnel Zone.


Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Common Depth Point; Resolution; Seismic Reflection; Shallow Section; USA, Kansas, Independence; Boreholes; Electric Frequency Measurement; Frequencies; Geographical Regions; Geological Surveys; Geophysics; Optical Resolving Power; Reflection; Stratigraphy; Wave Interference; Optical Variables Measurement; Seismic Prospecting; Seismic Response; Seismic Waves; Common Depth Point; Dominant Frequency; High Resolution Seismic Reflection Profile; Interference Phenomena; Peak To Peak Measurements; Seismic Survey; Southeastern Kansas; Stratigraphic Sequences; Vertical Resolution Limits, Seismic Waves; Seismology, Common Depth Points; Dominant Frequency; Dominant Wavelength; Interference Phenomena; Quarter-wavelength; Reflection Seismic; Stratigraphic Sequences; Vertical Resolution

Geographic Coverage

Southeast Kansas

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Publication Date

01 Apr 1995

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