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Remote Sensing

Competency Statement:

Understand different remote sensing data and apply it to petroleum exploration. Use remote sensing techniques to identify geomorphic and structural characteristics of the surface geology exposed over a larger geographic area.

Learning Objective:

• Understand how remote sensing data is acquired, processed and used to identify geomorphic and geologic elements on the Earth’s surface.

• Interpret drainage, surface geology, and structures from Landsat satellite imagery and radar images.

• Analyze regional structural styles from remote sensing images to aid in petroleum exploration.

Assignment Instruction:

As a Geologist in the New Ventures Team for Beta Exploration, Inc., your assignment is to use remote sensing data to evaluate new hydrocarbon exploration opportunities on the western edge of the Barinas-Apure Basin in Venezuela (see Location Map).

After the Landsat satellite photo imagery is processed, analyze the Landsat image at a 1:100,000 scale and radar images provided in References and Field Data to interpret the geomorphology and the related surface geologic features of the area:

1. Locate drainage patterns based on the surface hydrology.

2. Identify geomorphic features including valleys, terraces, and alluvial fans.

3. Map geologic elements such as strata, unconformities, folds, lineaments and faults.

Evaluate radar images to validate the Landsat image interpretation.

Location Map of the western Barinas-Apure Basin, Venezuela

Location Map in the Barinas-Apure basin