Orbit 35704 Frame 2974 17 February 2002 9:15 GMT
Part of Cyrenaica (''Barqah'' in Arabic), Northeastern Libya.
This region consists mainly of a Tertiary limestone plateau, the
Jebel el Akhdar, (to the right), that slopes seaward in a series of terraces.
Numerous oases and fertile soils are spread all around.
To the left: sandy coastal plains face the Gulf of Sirte,
a late Mesozoic to Cenozoic extensional basin that was initiated in the
Most attention of the oil industry has been directed to the prolific
Sirte Basin, but acreage is still available in the less intensively
explored Cyrenaica region. Here, over 70 wells have been drilled,
primarily in the sixties, but a better understanding of the geological
and tectonic evolution, supported also by space observation techniques, will
probably lead to more and larger oil and gas discoveries.
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Keywords: ESA European
Space Agency - Agence spatiale europeenne,
observation de la terre, earth observation,
satellite remote sensing,
teledetection, geophysique, altimetrie, radar,
chimique atmospherique, geophysics, altimetry, radar,