Rock Physics

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Rock physics is the discipline linking petrophysical properties as derived from borehole data to surface based geophysical exploration data. It can involve interpretation of both elastic wave propagation and electrical conductivity, but in this chapter focus is on elasticity. Rock physics is based on continuum mechanics, and the theory of elasticity developed for statics becomes the key to petrophysical interpretation of velocity of elastic waves. In practice, rock physics involves interpretation of well logs including vertical seismic profiling (VSP) and analysis of core samples. The results of these procedures are then integrated with reflection seismic data (Japsen, Bruun et al. 2004; Al-Shuhail 2007).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNorth Sea chalk
PublisherJoint Chalk Research
Publication date2017
ISBN (Electronic)978-82-7644-733-0
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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