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Journal of Petroleum Geology

Abstract

Journal of Petroleum Geology, Vol.9, No.2, pp. 179-194, 1986

┬ęCopyright 2000 Scientific Press, Ltd.

SOME APPEARANCES AND CAUSES OF LINEAMENTS SEEN ON LANDSAT IMAGES

G. C. Onyedim* and J. W. Norman+

* Physics Dept., University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

+ Consultant in Remote Sensing Geology, 11 Riverside, Forest Row, East Sussex, UK.


Abstract

The surface appearance and nature of lineaments showing on Landsat images are described, together with their likely causes. A computer model, based on the finite element method, is employed to show that the strain and stress effects over a deep underlying vertical fault are conducive to the development of two classes of faults, which are usually observed at the Earth's surface as lineaments. Some aspects of the involvement of these failure zones in mineral and petroleum prospecting, water supply and engineering geology are outlined.

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