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Detection of Organic-Rich Oil Shales of the Green River Formation, Utah, with Ground-Based Imaging Spectroscopy

Greenberger, Rebecca N. and Ehlmann, Bethany L. and Jewell, Paul W. and Birgenheier, Lauren P. and Green, Robert O. (2016) Detection of Organic-Rich Oil Shales of the Green River Formation, Utah, with Ground-Based Imaging Spectroscopy. In: 2016 8th Workshop on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing: Evolution in Remote Sensing (WHISPERS). IEEE , Piscataway, NJ, pp. 1-5. ISBN 9781538605905. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20160902-095516403

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Abstract

Oil shales contain abundant immature organic matter and are a potential unconventional petroleum resource. Prior studies have used visible/shortwave infrared imaging spectroscopy to map surface exposures of deposits from satellite and airborne platforms and image cores in the laboratory. Here, we work at an intermediate, outcrop-scale, testing the ability of field-based imaging spectroscopy to identify oil shale strata and characterize the depositional environments that led to enrichment of organic matter in sedimentary rocks within the Green River Formation, Utah, USA. The oil shale layers as well as carbonates, phyllosilicates, gypsum, hydrated silica, and ferric oxides are identified in discrete lithologic units and successfully mapped in the images, showing a transition from siliciclastic to carbonate- and organic-rich rocks consistent with previous stratigraphic studies conducted with geological fieldwork.


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Ehlmann, Bethany L.0000-0002-2745-3240
Additional Information:© 2016 IEEE. We thank Jen Morris and Julia Howe for field assistance. RNG was supported by an appointment to the NASA Postdoctoral Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, administered by Universities Space Research Association under contract with NASA, and PJW and LPB were partially supported by a 2014-2015 grant from the Utah Geological Survey. A NASA Planetary Major Equipment grant (NNX13AG74G) and Rose Hills Foundation grant provided partial support to BLE for purchase of the imaging spectrometer system.
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NASA/JPL/CaltechUNSPECIFIED
Utah Geological SurveyUNSPECIFIED
NASANNX13AG74G
Rose Hills FoundationUNSPECIFIED
NASA Postdoctoral ProgramUNSPECIFIED
Subject Keywords:imaging spectroscopy, hyperspectral, oil shale, Green River Formation, sequence stratigraphy
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Official Citation:R. N. Greenberger, B. L. Ehlmann, P. W. Jewell, L. P. Birgenheier and R. O. Green, "Detection of organic-rich oil shales of the green river formation, Utah, with ground-based imaging spectroscopy," 2016 8th Workshop on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing: Evolution in Remote Sensing (WHISPERS), Los Angeles, CA, 2016, pp. 1-5. doi: 10.1109/WHISPERS.2016.8071807. URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=8071807&isnumber=8071655
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