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Last month, I stated that “rocks and thorns” should be avoided—I should have said “reefs and spears.” Within the first hour at this year’s SEG annual meeting in Denver, I heard about 16 seismic ships that were either at port or coming to port. That is significant, and more are likely to put into port. Hearing that PGS is giving up its first Ramform vessel was the equivalent of hearing that Santa Claus fired Rudolph. Almost as depressing was the number of geos, who told me that they elected to attend the URTeC conference instead of SEG.

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