Oklahoma Where Reflection Seismograph was Born - Davis, OK
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member gparkes
N 34° 25.578 W 097° 08.158
14S E 671285 N 3811000
Quick Description: A very interesting point of history and technology. Also a beautiful point to look out across the Arbuckle Mountains.
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date Posted: 5/17/2009 7:45:07 PM
Waymark Code: WM6DJK
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member GEO*Trailblazer 1
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Long Description:

Oklahoma Where Reflection Seismograph was Born

Oklahoma is the birthplace of the reflection seismic technique of oil exploration. This geophysical method records reflected seismic waves as they travel through the earth helping to find oil bearing formations. It has been responsible for the discovery of many of the world’s largest oil and gas fields, containing billions of barrels of oil and trillions of cubic feet of natural gas. Pioneering research and development was led by J.C. Karcher, an Oklahoma Physicist.

The Arbuckle Mountains of Oklahoma were selected for a pilot survey of the technique and equipment, because an entire geologic section. From the Basal Permian to the basement mass of granite is exposed. Here this survey followed limited testing in June, 1921 in the outskirts of Oklahoma City. Verification and confirmation testing was conducted in the Arbuckles beginning July 4, 1921 by Dr. Karcher and Dr. W.P. Haseman, Dr. D.W. Ohern and Dr. Irving Perrme of the University of Oklahoma. Results were promising.

The World’s first reflection Seismograph geologic section was measured on August 9, 1921 along vines branch., a few miles north of Dougherty near here. The reflection technique has become the major method of energy exploration throughout the world. By 1983 more than 70 percent of the 18, 600 members of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists in 112 countries were involved in Reflection Seismography.

Oklahoma Historical Society, with
Oklahoma – Kansas Oil & Gas Association
County: Murray County

Record Address::
I-35 Southbound
Scenic View Point
Davis (Vicinity), OK USA

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Date Erected: 1983

Sponsor (Who put it there): Oklahoma Historical Society, with Oklahoma – Kansas Oil & Gas Association

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