This study was designed to take LANDSAT- 1 multispectral scanner digital data and use digital image processing techniques to highlight linears. Two computer processing techniques were used on the data: (1) two dimensional high-pass filtering of MSS bands 5, 6, and 7 and (2) the horizontal derivative of MSS band 6.

The primary objective of this research was to evaluate structural reconnaissance of an arid area in southwestern Jordan. Interpretive analyses indicate that the structural pattern appears to be much more detailed and complex than indicated by presently available maps. The types of lines that were identifiable as lineaments include faults, joints, fractures, topographic crests, lithologic contacts, bedding traces and flexures. A noticeable difference between published maps and maps from the high-pass filtered images is the number of long lineaments that have never been mapped as faults. High-pass filtered images displayed the largest linears in various lithologies. The horizontal derivative image proved to be an excellent data source for obtaining a perspective for the structural fabric.

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