Story: Oil and gas

Looking for oil and gas

Looking for oil and gas

Geologist Chris Uruski pores over metres of printouts from seismic surveys conducted east of the Wairarapa coast in the early 2000s. The surveys are carried out on land and at sea. Sound waves are bounced off different rock layers beneath the earth’s surface, and the returning pattern of sound shows the structure of rocks and reveals layers where oil and gas are likely to be trapped.

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Roger Gregg and Carl Walrond, 'Oil and gas - Oil and gas basins', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/9146/looking-for-oil-and-gas (accessed 15 December 2019)

Story by Roger Gregg and Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006