Verkhnekamskoye salt strata have complex structure. Intra-salt deformation complicates underground mining and can result in loss and dilution of potash salt. Mine seismic survey is currently widely applied within the deposit to study its geological structure and solve various geotechnical tasks. The seismic survey mainly uses the common depth point method. However, the problem of objective description of geological environment remains of concern due to specificity of generation of elastic waves in mines (wave field features and propagation patterns, source directivity). The authors have developed a method of mine seismic survey on shear waves with separation of reflections arriving from different half-spaces. This method enables detailed geological and geophysical modeling of the deposit areas. S-waves are shorter in length than P-waves, which increases the method resolution. This article proves information capacity of the developed method. The field test results of the method in mine conditions and the technique of separation of interfering reflections from different half-spaces are presented. The obtained seismic cross-sections feature high contrast ratio as well as traceability and continuity of reflections.

For citation: Zhukov A. A., Prigara A. M., Tsarev R. I., Shustkina I. Yu.Method of mine seismic survey for studying geological structure features of Verkhnekamskoye salt depositGornyy informatsionno-analiticheskiy byulleten'. 2019;4:121-136. [In Russ]. DOI: 10.25018/0236-1493-2019-04-0-121-136.


Verkhnekamskoye salt deposit, intra-salt deformation, mine seismic survey, source directivity, shear waves, reflection separation.

Issue number: 4
Year: 2019
ISBN: 0236-1493
UDK: 550.834+622.363.2 (470.53)
DOI: 10.25018/0236-1493-2019-04-0-121-136
Authors: Zhukov A. A., Prigara A. M., Tsarev R. I., Shustkina I. Yu.

About authors: A.A. Zhukov, Head of Geophysics Section of Geology Directory, Uralkali PJSC, Moscow, Russia; Head of Laboratory, e-mail:, A.M. Prigara, Candidate of Technical Sciences, Leading Researcher, e-mail:, R.I. Tsarev, Leading Engineer, e-mail:, I.Yu. Shustkina, Leading Engineer, e-mail:, VNII Galurgii JSC, 614000, Perm, Russia. Corresponding author: I.Yu. Shustkina, e-mail:


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