New Technology Uses Tiny Clues To Find Oil
Scientists at the University of Houston are working on a new method of finding oil and gas deposits. By using hyperspectral satellite remote sensing, Dr. Shuhab Khan and his team have already combed areas of North Texas and Oklahoma. But they're not looking for oil oozing out of the earth. Instead, they're looking for tiny hydrocarbon leaks in rock to find oil.
It's part of the popular lore of how to get rich by finding oil: all you have to do is look for it bubbling to the surface. That's actually how some of the biggest oil fields were discovered many years ago.