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Enhancement of Geologic Maps and Displays Using Computer Color Graphics

Gerard V. Wolf

Evaluating geologic information can be a tedious, time-consuming task given the large amounts of data that must be assessed in many exploration efforts. Displays and presentation of such data can be overwhelming and even confusing. The use of computer color graphics can simplify and enhance these data, saving much time and effort for the explorationist.

Color lithology plots displaying rock type, grain size, porosity, and carbonate classification are examples of using color to enhance geologic displays. Lithology plots can be used individually or in conjunction with log cross sections.

The use of color also may simplify and enhance mapped geologic data. Maps of seismic data, paleobathymetry, and other well and production data are examples of the powerful tool computer color graphics can be in selecting, evaluating, and using geologic data.

AAPG Search and Discovery Article #91043©1986 AAPG Annual Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, June 15-18, 1986.