USU Geology 5660/6660 Course Materials, Spring 2024

Course Syllabus

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  • Course Materials...
  • Lab 1 Mat'ls: Benson Park-n-Ride 3m Seismic Data (RAS-24 files):
    Forward profile
    Reverse profile
  • Xcel file for Gosport Attenuation estimation (Lab 2):
    Q_Lab2.xlsx
  • Xcel file for Gosport Attenuation estimation (Lab 2 Key):
    Q_Lab2.xlsx
  • Lab 3 (Benson Park-n-Ride) Seismic Modeling Xcel Spreadsheet:
    E-W_Seismic.xlsx
  • Xcel file of Little Mountain gravity data (Lab 5):
    gravity.xlsx


  • FINAL PROJECT: due 5 pm Thursday, May 2!
  • Blacksmith Fork River Pasture 3m Seismic Data (RAS-24 files):
    Forward profile
    Reverse profile
  • Blacksmith Fork River Pasture DC Resistivity Data/Modeling Excel Spreadsheet:
    2LayerRes.xls



  • Class Meets MWF 2:30-3:20 in Geology 301C; Labs meet Wednesdays at 3:30 pm (same place)

    FINAL EXAM will be Monday, April 29 at 2:30 in Geo 301C!!!

    PowerPoint Lectures & Other Schedule Info:

  • 8 January: Overview of Geophysics & Geophysical Imaging
  • 10 January: Seismic Velocity; Huygen's Principle; Thought Exercise
  • 12 January: Overview of the Course
  • 17 January: Seismic Intro: Wave Types; Stress & Strain
  • 17 January: Looking Ahead: The Ghosts of Semester Projects Past
  • 19 January: The Wave Equation (where it comes from)
  • 22 January: Seismic Instrumentation
  • 24 January: Seismic Concepts: Snell's Law, Reflections, Refractions
  • 24 January (Lab): Travel-time Picking; Lab 1: Picking in RAS24
  • 26 January: Amplitudes: Partitioning, Geometrical Spreading, Attenuation and Quality Factor Q
  • 29 January: Amplitude: Attenuation Quality Factor; Multipathing; Zoeppritz Equations
  • 31 January: AVO; The Refraction Method: Single Layer Over Halfspace
  • 31 January (Lab): Lab 2: Amplitudes and Attenuation Estimation
  • 2 February: The Refraction Method: Multiple Layers; Dipping Layers
  • 5 February: The Refraction Method: Limitations; Non-Ideal Layers
  • 7 February: Plus-Minus Method for Variable Thickness; The Seismic Reflection Method
  • 7 February (Lab): Review of Lab 1; Lab 3 Assignment (Refraction Seismic Modeling)
  • 9 February: Reflections for Multiple & Dipping Layers; x2-t2
  • 12 February: RMS-Velocity and Dix' Equations; NMO Revisited; Dip-NMO
  • 14 February: Some Practical Considerations (Multiples; Diffractions; Resolution; Frequency)
  • 14 February (Lab): Review of Lab 2
  • 16 February: Reflection Seismic Processing: Static Correction; Velocity Analysis; Common Mid-Point Stacking; Migration
  • 21 February: Reflection Seismic Processing: Depth Migration; Common Depth-Point Stacking; Interpretation
  • 21 February (Lab): Lab 4: Seismic Reflections
  • 23 February: Reflection Seismic Interpretation
  • 26 February: Reflection Seismic Interpretation
  • 28 February: Reflection Seismic Interpretation
  • 28 February (Lab): Review of Lab 3: Refraction Modeling
  • 28 February (Review): Exam 1 Review: Seismic Methods
  • 1 March: Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)
  • 4 March: Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)
  • 8 March: Gravity: Introduction
  • 18 March: Gravity: Measurement; Examples
  • 20 March: Gravity: Reduction
  • 20 March (Lab): Lab 4: Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)
  • 22 March: Gravity: Densities; Anomaly for a Sphere
  • 25 March: Gravity: Anomalies for Simple Shapes
  • 27 March: Magnetism; Susceptibility
  • 27 March (Lab): Lab 5: Gravity Reduction & Modeling
  • 29 March: Magnetics: Anomalies; Earth's Main Field
  • 1 April: Magnetics: Earth's Main Field; Instruments
  • 3 April: Magnetics: Measurement & Reduction; Modeling
  • 5 April: Magnetics: Modeling; DC Resistivity: Introduction
  • 8 April: DC Resistivity: Apparent Resistivity
  • 10 April: DC Resistivity: Arrays & Modeling
  • 12 April: DC Resistivity: Resistivity Pseudosections, Inversion, Examples
  • 15 April: Induced Polarization (IP); Self Potential