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NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The members of the panel responsible for the report were chosen for their special competencies and with regard for appropriate balance.

This report has been reviewed by a group other than the authors according to procedures approved by a Report Review Committee consisting of members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine.

Support for this study by the Panel on the Review of the Oil Recovery Demonstration Program was provided by the Office of Fossil Energy, Department of Energy. U.S. DOE patent clearance not required prior to publication of this report.

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COVER: The cover shows a seismic profile composed of hundreds of vertically-oriented reflection seismograms that are combined to image subsurface geologic structures. Seismic profiles are an important tool in petroleum and reservoir characterization.

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