New SEG president is group's first near-surface specialist

10/07/2013
Election of the first specialist in near-surface geophysics to lead the Society of Exploration Geophysicists raises a communications problem: The definition of "near surface," says new SEG Pres. Don Steeples, depends on application. In groundwater remediation, he explains, the near surface is the upper 200-300 ft of the earth. In solid-earth geophysics, it's the upper 20,000-30,000 ft. In oil and gas, it's the upper 500-1,000 ft. It was not by plan that much of the new SEG president's research and consulting work has concentrated on that last depth range. When Steeples, the Dean A. McGee distinguished professor of geophysics at the University of Kansas, started studying the subj...
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