Lineaments are linear elements in topography, surface drainage, natural vegetation and soils that are visible as individual and composite lineaments in airphotos, satellite images and shaded-relief maps. Studies by our engineers and geoscientists and other researchers have demonstrated that many remotely sensed lineaments are surficial manifestations of regional systematic fractures and deep-seated faults.
Our engineers and geoscientists have undertaken lineament mapping and data correlation studies in all oil-producing regions of Saskatchewan as well as areas in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Some of these lineament mapping studies have included the application of near surface soil gas geochemical exploration methods to identify fracture zones along which subsurface gases are venting to surface along interconnected fracture pathways.
We have also mapped lineaments in Saskatchewan and eastern Canada to assess the suitability of bedrock formations for underground carbon sequestration and long-term storage of nuclear waste.