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Abstract: An Overview of Exploration and Exploitation in the Mid-Continent


As we near the 21st century, our approach to exploration and exploitation is ever changing. New technology including, but not limited to, 3-D seismic and horizontal drilling is having a profound effect on exploration and exploitation in the Mid-Continent. However, 3-D seismic is not the complete answer and in some cases such as areas in Southern Oklahoma the geology is so complex it is not even applicable. In SW Kansas, a thorough knowledge of geomorphic principles is necessary in order to achieve success using the new technology. In all areas of the Mid-Continent, applied geology integrated with new technology is bringing success to the exploration and exploitation efforts of those geologists working the area.

AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90944©1997 AAPG Mid-Continent Section Meeting, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma