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AAPG Bulletin, V. 93, No. 1 (January 2009), P. 31-49.

Copyright copy2009. The American Association of Petroleum Geologists. All rights reserved.

DOI:10.1306/08110808002

Remote sensing detection of heavy oil through spectral enhancement techniques in the western slope zone of Songliao Basin, China

Guifang Zhang,1 Lejun Zou,2 Xiaohua Shen,3 Shanlong Lu,4 Changjiang Li,5 Hanlin Chen6

1Department of Earth Sciences, Zhejiang University, 38 Zheda Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310027, China
2Department of Earth Sciences, Zhejiang University, 38 Zheda Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310027, China
3Department of Earth Sciences, Zhejiang University, 38 Zheda Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310027, China; [email protected]
4Department of Earth Sciences, Zhejiang University, 38 Zheda Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310027, China
5Zhejiang Information Center of Land and Resources, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310007, China
6Department of Earth Sciences, Zhejiang University, 38 Zheda Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310027, China

ABSTRACT

Landsat-7 enhanced thematic mapper plus (ETM+) imagery was used to identify anomalous areas caused by hydrocarbon leakage in Fula'erji in the western slope of Songliao Basin, China. Three image enhancement techniques, including principal component analysis (PCA), band ratioing, and false-color composition (FCC), were used. Based on the spectral characteristics of hydrocarbon-induced minerals and the eigenvectors of PCA, the best four principal components (PCs), 1345-PC3 (the third component of the PCA on bands 1, 3, 4, and 5), 1357-PC3, 3457-PC4, and 123457-PC4, were selected for FCC combined with band ratios of 3/1, 4/3, and 7/5. According to the tonal characteristics of the surface near wells and their visual expression, four FCC images were acquired for hydrocarbon-induced area delineation. The result indicates that anomalies are expressed as a faint tone blob and are mostly located in the Holocene sediments. An analysis of two cross sections traversing the identified anomalies suggests that they are closely related to the anomalous area interpreted from the four FCC images. Field data of magnetic susceptibility and delta carbonate are consistent with the distribution of the tonal anomalies and suggest a positive spatial association between the identified anomalous area and the hydrocarbon leakage environment.

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