Abstract: Impact Craters in Seismic Data

Since the acquisition of seismic data in the 1960’s, impact structures have been seen in seismic data.  These are structures that were created earlier in the Earth’s history from a meteorite impact and have since been buried underground.  While many of these unique structures are known to be located in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin, we also find these buried impact craters around the world with many well-known astroblemes located in the US.   Some of these structures occur in areas with oil and/or gas concentrations and are of interest to the industry for economic reasons, while others exist in zones without any hydrocarbons and are of scientific interest in gaining a better understanding of these structures and events.  As an astrobleme hunter and seismic processor the goal of this project is to seek out these buried impact structures and study them using the seismic data processing methods conventional to the Canadian oil and gas industry.


Amanda Obodovsky obtained a B.Sc. Astrophysics in 2008, and an M.Sc. Astronomy (Planetary Science) in 2010 from the University of Western Ontario. Since 2013 she has been working as a geophysical imager for Divestco. During this time she has given several presentations for her project that looks at impact structures in seismic data; the perfect union of her seismic processing work with her love of astronomy. She is a member of the CSEG.


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