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Find the Oil: A Seismic Interpretation Exercise

In this section you have the opportunity to interpret some seismic data from the Weald and decide on the location of an exploration well should you decide to drill.

The data has geological structures to interpret and three horizons to pick. To help you to get started, have a look at this PDF (1.3 MB) which gives an introduction to the interpretation procedure, then print out the seismic line and worksheet and have a go!


It has been assumed in the worksheet instructions that the greyscale version will be used by students as coloured outputs may prove difficult for some schools. The coloured output has been included as it is commonly used in industry. For coloured prints troughs are red and peaks are blue.

There are 2 versions of worksheet for students (the exercise is the same for both), and a teacher’s version.