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tail buoy

1. n. [Geophysics]

A floating device used in marine seismic acquisition to identify the end of a streamer. Tail buoys allow the seismic acquisition crew to monitor the location and direction of streamers. They are commonly brightly colored, reflect radar signals, and are fitted with Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers.

See: acquisitionGlobal Positioning Systemstreamer

Diagram of marine seismic acquisition
Diagram of marine seismic acquisition.