Greasing the skids

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Abstract

Computer dowsers can now do what most human dowsers could not: find oil faster. A new algorithm developed by scientists at the Sandia National Laboratories may allow geologists to find hidden oil and gas reserves in a matter of hours rather than weeks. The computer program known as SALVO speeds the analysis of exploratory sound waves used by oil prospectors, and it is expected to expose fossil fuel reserves in areas once considered uneconomical to explore. In particular, the algorithm corrects for the refraction of sound waves by the salt sheets beneath such bodies of water as the Gulf of Mexico.

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