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* This week, I am teaching myself more rock physics and, on the side, how to extract more information from seismic data. Matteo Niccoli’s post on seismic terrain displays cannot be more timely. I guess the same 3d terrain outcome may be achieved for any seismic attribute along a surface parallel to the dipping zone of interest as opposed to a horizontal surface (like a time slice), but wavelet phase is powerful because “discrete boundaries corresponding to unique positions on the wavelet are displayed on instantaneous phase slices – this intra-wavelet detail is lost on amplitude slices.” Seismic terrain, in this case, builds on the phase attribute and can be viewed as hills and valleys of instantaneous wavelength between successive wavelet peaks or troughs.

* Meanwhile, back in InformationLand, Matt and I are single-handedly out to save the geophysical conference from somewhere the public domain of geophysical thought goes to die into a place of open discussion and wider dissemination. We sorely need interested and informed scientists entering geoscience, much less the industry, so secret meetings are not the way to go. Would you be into participating in a geophysical Ignite-style or Birds Of A Feather session at an upcoming geophysical conference? More importantly, are you willing to mentor one young person into a future of art, science, health or wherever their passion may lie? It’s about giving young people ways to achieve and create, even if they never become geoscientists.

* That said, if you don’t want to become a geologist after reading Carl Zimmer’s latest for the New York Times, I don’t know about you, dude.

* This month’s Accretionary Wedge is Seeing Geology Everywhere. And I see seismic everywhere, which tells you something about the human brain’s love affair with pattern recognition. It also reminds me I haven’t sent out prizes for the Accretionary Wedge hosted here a few months back.

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