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TitleUtilité de RADARSAT pour l'exploration minière dans le Bouclier canadien (extended abstract)
AuthorSaint-Jean, R; Singhroy, V
Source10e Congrès de l'Association professionnelle des géologues et géophysiciens du Québec, (APGGQ 97), Rimouski, QC. 16 au 18 avril; 1997.
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20042314
AbstractThe radar sensor onboard RADARSAT is the most sophisticated civilian equipment of its kind in orbit. The many beams, with variable incidence angles, and the variety of acquisition modes give RADARSAT an unparalleled degree of flexibility. The value of these features is beginning to be appreciated, and they are particularly useful to geologists because they provide cloud-free images in which illumination can be controlled and enhancement of terrain morphology maximized at resolutions ranging from 8 to 50 m and for surface areas of 2,500 to 250,000 km2.

The Sudbury region in Ontario is one of the most important base metal mining camps in Canada. Because of the knowledge available on the geology, geochemistry, geophysics and morphology of the surrounding area, Sudbury is one of the most important test sites used by the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (CCRS) to evaluate RADARSAT data. A concurrent study has been initiated in the region surrounding the Geraldton mining camp, which is the location of a greenstone belt containing several gold and base metal indicators.

A wide range of RADARSAT beams and modes have been used in both these regions to obtain a better understanding of image characteristics and the differences between images, and thereby to provide advice to geologists.

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