Radar-mapped hydrocarbon seepage anomalies borne out by drilling in Wharton County, Tex.

Even a limited data set, such as the one described here involving studies in Wharton County, Tex., supports the published body of literature that radar mapping of hydrocarbon seepage has a role in oil and gas exploration. Click here to enlarge imageThe author since the mid-1990s has been reviewing an extensive radar survey flown in 1992 over the northern part of Wharton County (Fig. 1) in an area where the production varies from very shallow to very deep in Miocene sands to Oligocene Frio to Eocene Yegua to Eocene Wilcox.Background on radarIn 1996 the author of this article and Merrill I. Skolnik reviewed the science that supports the use of radar to map seepage in the atmosphere above s...

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