Seismic cable shielding method and apparatus. Shielding is obtained by switching unused wire pairs to ground via a roll-along switch which is connected to system ground. Grounding of the unused conductors in the cable is accomplished by ground connections at the roll-along switch. By grounding the unused conductor pairs (all pairs except those required for the sensor signals) within the cable, partial shielding is provided between the active wire pairs and cross-talk is reduced to a negligible level. Additional wire pairs are hardwired to system ground and distributed uniformly throughout the cable cross section to form an interstitial shield.
John T. O'Brien