New method of aerial and surface radiometric prospecting for oil, gas

09/20/1993
Donald F. Saunders, K. Ray Burson, Jim F. Branch, C. Keith Thompson Recon Exploration Inc. Dallas Mean Natural Radioelement Content of Sedimentary Rocks [34,614 bytes] A new petroleum exploration method has been developed using surface and aerial gamma-ray spectral measurements. Formerly troublesome lithologic and environmental variables are suppressed by correcting potassium and uranium readings using a process of thorium normalization. Normalized potassium shows characteristic low concentrations above petroleum deposits. Normalized uranium shows higher values than normalized potassium over petroleum and generally lower values elsewhere. These ...
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