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Geosciences 2016, 6(1), 11; doi:10.3390/geosciences6010011

Utilizing HyspIRI Prototype Data for Geological Exploration Applications: A Southern California Case Study

Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557, USA
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Received: 4 January 2016 / Revised: 3 February 2016 / Accepted: 12 February 2016 / Published: 24 February 2016
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The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the value of the proposed Hyperspectral Infrared Imager (HyspIRI) instrument for geological mapping applications. HyspIRI-like data were collected as part of the HyspIRI airborne campaign that covered large regions of California, USA, over multiple seasons. This work focused on a Southern California area, which encompasses Imperial Valley, the Salton Sea, the Orocopia Mountains, the Chocolate Mountains, and a variety of interesting geological phenomena including fumarole fields and sand dunes. We have mapped hydrothermal alteration, lithology and thermal anomalies, demonstrating the value of this type of data for future geologic exploration activities. We believe HyspIRI will be an important instrument for exploration geologists as data may be quickly manipulated and used for remote mapping of hydrothermal alteration minerals, lithology and temperature anomalies. View Full-Text
Keywords: HyspIRI; AVIRIS; MASTER; geology; remote sensing; southern California; geothermal; mineral exploration; thermal anomaly HyspIRI; AVIRIS; MASTER; geology; remote sensing; southern California; geothermal; mineral exploration; thermal anomaly
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Calvin, W.M.; Pace, E.L. Utilizing HyspIRI Prototype Data for Geological Exploration Applications: A Southern California Case Study. Geosciences 2016, 6, 11.

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