Remote sensing, a new term for an old practice of airborne exploration, has become a "cure-all" for the search for new mineral deposits. This paper seeks to evaluate those aspects of the technology which can be of use to the exploration geologist, and to place the various sensors in a priority listing for several types of geological targets. A point of significance to be clearly understood is that the "skin" (or penetration) depth of most sensors is shallow. Remote sensing really offers a chance to rapidly survey large areas, in seeking the diagnostic surface phenomena from more deeply hidden ore deposits.

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