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common depth point

1. n. [Geophysics]

In multichannel seismic acquisition where beds do not dip, the common reflection point at depth on a reflector, or the halfway point when a wave travels from a source to a reflector to a receiver. In the case of flat layers, the common depth point is vertically below the common midpoint. In the case of dipping beds, there is no common depth point shared by multiple sources and receivers, so dip moveout processing is necessary to reduce smearing, or inappropriate mixing, of the data.

Alternate Form: CDP

See: channeldepth pointdipfoldstacking velocity

Diagrams of common depth point and common midpoint.

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