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Resource Exploration

Synonyms

Mineral exploration; Non-renewable resource exploration; Oil and gas exploration

Definition

Use of remote sensing technology to directly or indirectly explore for occurrences of specific nonrenewable resources

Remote sensing resource exploration

Introduction

Nonrenewable resources are a key part of daily life. Materials as varied as salt, silicon, clays, and diamonds are used in many products. Metals including lead, silver, copper, molybdenum, gold, and many others are used daily for both basic needs and in modern conveniences. Oil and gas provide power for automobiles and other transportation, lighting and heating, and manufacturing.

Classical resource exploration typically utilizes field geologic mapping of the physical characteristics of rocks and soils such as outcrop exposure, mineralogy, weathering characteristics, and geochemical and/or geophysical signatures to determine the nature and distribution of geologic units and associated resources.