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Volume :34 Issue : 2 2007      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Exploration for hydrocarbon prospects using aerial spectral radiometric survey data in Egypt

Auther : MOHAMED A. EL-SADEK*, AHMED A. AMMAR*, MOHAMED A. OMRAAN** AND HATEM M. ABU ELKHEIR**

*Nuclear Materials Authority, P.O. Box. 530 Maadi, Cairo, Egypt and ** Mansoura University, Faculty of Science, Damietta, Egypt

 

ABSTRACT

 

A new exploration method was developed by Saunders et al. (1993) which uses surface and aerial gamma-ray spectral measurements in prospecting for hydrocarbon accumulations in stratigraphic and structural traps. This method was applied on the recorded aerial gamma-ray spectrometric survey data of the Bahariya Oasis area, Northern Western Desert, Egypt. The study area displays a special importance in recent years, due to the discovery of economic iron ore deposits in Algedida and Nasser areas as well as petroleum in economic quantities in a near-by area.

 

The application of this method on the survey data led to the identification of nine zones along nine profiles over the study area, which show valid anomalies. These zones may define possible subsurface hydrocarbon deposits within the area under consideration.

 

Keywords: airborne geophysics; Gamma-ray spectrometric survey; hydrocarbon exploration; stratigraphic and structural petroleum traps.

 

 

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