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BERGER, ZEEV, no affiliation given

ABSTRACT: Satellite Imagery Interpretation and Integration for Hydrocarbon Exploration

A systematic approach to the analysis of sedimentary basin through the integration of satellite imagery data is presented. It begins with regional interpretation of geological structures that are exposed at the basin's margins and progresses towards the recognition of structural features that can be extended into the basin's interior where they manifest more subtle geomorphic expressions. Emphasis is placed on the recognition of structural elements that can be constrained with other conventional explorational tools such as gravity, magnetics and seismic data.

The main steps in the analytical procedures are demonstrated with examples from various case studies. These include; regional structural interpretation, detailed analysis of key areas, development of structural/geomorphic models, delineation of prospective leads, prospect mapping and model testing. Examples cited include; detection of basement warp structures and related incised valley systems in the Western Canada Basin and the Powder River Basin, U.S.A.. delineation of a fracture play related to reactivated wrench fault systems in the Swiss Molasse Basin and early detections of buried Triassic grabens in the Coastal Plain region of Eastern U.S.A.

AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90988©1993 AAPG/SVG International Congress and Exhibition, Caracas, Venezuela, March 14-17, 1993.