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The use of radar and LANDSAT data for mineral and petroleum exploration in the Los Andes region, VenezuelaA geological study of a 27,500 sq km area in the Los Andes region of northwestern Venezuela was performed which employed both X-band radar mosaics and computer processed Landsat images. The 3.12 cm wavelength radar data were collected with horizontal-horizontal polarization and 10 meter spatial resolution by an Aeroservices SAR system at an altitude of 12,000 meters. The radar images increased the number of observable suspected fractures by 27 percent over what could be mapped by LANDSAT alone, owing mostly to the cloud cover penetration capabilities of radar. The approximate eight fold greater spatial resolution of the radar images made possible the identification of shorter, narrower fractures than could be detected with LANDSAT data alone, resulting in the discovery of a low relief anticline that could not be observed in LANDSAT data. Exploration targets for petroleum, copper, and uranium were identified for further geophysical work.
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Conference Paper
Vincent, R. K.
(GeoSpectra Corp. Ann Arbor, MI, United States)
Date Acquired
August 11, 2013
Publication Date
September 1, 1980
Publication Information
Publication: JPL Radar Geol: An Assessment Rept. of the Radar Geol. Workshop
Subject Category
Earth Resources And Remote Sensing
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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