The first direct indication of hydrocarbon occurrence in Remanso do Fogo area (Minas Gerais State, Brazil) was the existence of microseepages. However, Quaternary sedimentary cover in the area made the identification of new occurrences and associated controlling structures quite difficult. This study investigated the spatial distribution of hydrocarbon related gases in shallower to intrasedimentary depths in Remanso do Fogo area, using airborne gamma-ray spectrometry and magnetic data. The geophysical data were processed using techniques designed to suppress the influence of regional geological signatures. Known and possible new occurrences of microseepages were detected by mapping low residual potassium values and high uranium residual values in relation to potassium, termed as DRAD values, which resulted from the subtraction of potassium from uranium residual values, using a Thorium (Th)-normalizing approach. The validation of these occurrences was done based on existing gas geochemistry data in the soil. For the magnetic data, the amplitude of the analytic signal, combined with the total horizontal gradient of the subtraction between the 1200- and 400-meter upward continuations, enhanced the northwest–southeast and east–west magnetic lineaments, which are partially related to the microseepages and the drainage of the area. The distinction of near-surface and deep signatures also allowed the general identification of intrasedimentary and basement structures, which are potentially controlling the occurrences of seepages in the area.

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