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Remote Sensing, Earth Resistivity, and Geochemical Surveys in Hydrocarbon Exploration

E. Ray Garton, Kelley Deem

An exploration program consisting of remote sensing, Earth Resistivity Profiling Surveys (ERPS), and near-surface hydrocarbon geochemical surveys provides some of the most cost-effective data available to the petroleum geologist. These exploration tools provide data on the verification and delineation of natural fracture zones and actual detection of hydrocarbons in the near surface. The intelligent use of these data makes possible the selection of geologically optimum well sites. These three tools have been used successfully at the U.S. Department of Energy and BDM Corporation Offset Well Test Facility (OWTF) near Corbin, Whitley County, Kentucky.

AAPG Search and Discovery Article #91031©1988 AAPG Eastern Section, Charleston, West Virginia, 13-16 September 1988.