Lunchbox Geophysics

Impact Craters in Seismic Data: Past Discoveries and New Techniques

Amanda Obodovsky

Amanda Obodovsky

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 – 12:00 PM MST
Chevron Building +15 Auditorium

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Over the years many sub-surface impact craters have been discovered through acquiring and interpreting seismic data. These cryptoexplosion events occurred a long time ago by meteorite impact and have since been buried deep underground.  An overview will be given of some of these craters that have been discovered and their structural and economic value to the oil and gas industry. Using a known cryptoexplosion structure as an example, it will be shown how new processing techniques, Divestco's SPRINT 6D and diffraction imaging, can improve our knowledge and understanding of these impact crater structures.


Amanda obtained a B.Sc. Astrophysics in 2008, and a M.Sc. Astronomy (Planetary Science) in 2010 from the University of Western Ontario. Since 2013 she has been working as a seismic processor for Divestco. During this time she presented a poster at GeoConvention looking at impact structures in seismic data; the perfect union of her seismic processing work with her love of astronomy. Currently she is working developing her skills as a geophysicist and expanding on her impact craters in seismic data project. She is a member of the CSEG.