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We know very little and, while we may be able to see where hydrocarbons seep (or gush, as the case may be) out of the sea floor, the structure of the layers of rock and sediment between the sea floor and the oil reservoir is likely only known through seismic data which is very coarse.

Data on drilling pressure and hopefully rock composition would have been collected as the well was being drilled, and that's also important.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jun 18th, 2010 at 01:23:31 AM EST
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