Minerals Alert June 2005

  1. Workshops on Interoperability and the Australian Mining Industry
  2. The Tanami Seismic Collaborative Research Project
  3. Australia's Identified Mineral Resources 2005 (AIMR) - release of commodity assessment data
  4. National Gold, Copper and Nickel Deposits, Occurrences and Potential Maps updated
  5. Exploration Models for Major Australian Mineral Deposit Types
  6. Australian Gold Exploration 1976-2003
  7. About Mineral Alert

1. Workshops on Interoperability and the Australian Mining Industry

A series of workshops will be held in each capital early in June and July to showcase the benefits of real time Interoperability to the Australian mining industry. Funded by an AUSindustry Innovation Access Fora grant to a consortium comprising Geoscience Australia, CSIRO and Social Change Online, these workshops will be of particular interest to minerals exploration companies and its services sector which includes SME, (consulting firms, software developers and vendors), statutory bodies and geoscience agencies. Two types of workshops will be held:

  1. Executive Briefings by Lesley Wyborn of Geoscience Australia - on the benefits of real time interchange of data between Australian Government geoscience agencies and how Australian industries will benefit from interoperability.
  2. Technology Diffusion Workshops by Stuart Girvan (pmd*CRC and Geoscience Australia), Rob Atkinson (Social Change Online) and Andy Dent (CSIRO) to provide technical details of how interoperable technologies can be deployed in an organisation.

Details on SEEGrid Roadshow sessions in each state.

For further information contact Petra Bowling on Ph +61 (0) 8 6436 8625, Fax +61 (0) 8 6436 8555 or by email at petra.bowling@csiro.au

2. The Tanami Seismic Collaborative Research Project

The Tanami Seismic Research Project, involving Geoscience Australia, the Geological Survey of Western Australia, the Northern Territory Geological Survey, Newmont Exploration Pty Ltd and Tanami Gold NL, is currently underway. The research project is using deep seismic reflection data to image the crustal architecture of the Tanami region to improve our understanding of the region's three-dimensional geometry and its mineral systems. The project is also collecting 400 m gravity data along the seismic traverses and wide-angle velocity data along the regional traverse 05GA-T1.

The Tanami Seismic Survey commenced in April in WA and is progressing east with acquisition currently in the NT. It will finish in early July, southeast of The Granites Mine. The seismic traverse runs close to the Coyote, Tanami, Groundrush and Callie mines and will provide information on the deeper structures in these areas.

The survey consists of four traverses, 05GA-T1 through 05GA-T4. Traverse 05GA-T1 is a northwest-southeast regional transect. Traverses 05GA-T2, 05GA-T3 and 05GA-T4 provide orthogonal three-dimensional control on the geometry of the region's main fault systems. Processing will be completed by early 2006 with sections interpreted by GA, GSWA, NTGS, Tanami Gold NL and Newmont Exploration completed by mid 2006.

To see the current status of the seismic acquisition go to the North Australia Project page. This web page will be updated weekly during the acquisition phase. For further information, please contact Peter Southgate on +61 (0) 2 6249 9206, or by email at peter.southgate@ga.gov.au

3. Australia's Identified Mineral Resources 2005 (AIMR) - release of commodity assessment data

The latest mineral resources assessment data for Australia, which includes solid fuels (coal and uranium), are now on the Geoscience Australia website. The data are available for the first time ahead of the analysis and review of commodities, resource life and exploration, which is published annually by GA. The publication will be released in the third quarter.

For further information, please contact Bill McKay on +61 (0)2 6249 9003 or email at bill.mckay@ga.gov.au

4. National Gold, Copper and Nickel Deposits, Occurrences and Potential Maps updated

1:5 000 000 maps showing the distribution of deposits, occurrences (as deposit contour plots) and potential based on known geology for gold, copper and nickel originally released in August 2001 have been updated to include new and revised data. The new editions of these maps can be downloaded from the website.

For further information, please contact Mitch Ratajkoski on +61 (0)2 6249 9323, or by email at mitch.ratajkoski@ga.gov.au.

5. Exploration Models for Major Australian Mineral Deposit Types

By popular request the exploration models previously published in the AGSO Journal of Australian Geology & Geophysics volume 17, number 4 (1998) are now available digitally on Geoscience Australia's website. The papers can also be downloaded as PDF files. The web-based exploration models will be periodically reviewed and updated and we welcome contributions from anyone willing to assist with updating any particular model or assist with the review process.

For further information, please contact Terry Mernagh on +61 (0)2 6249 9640 or by email at: terry.mernagh@ga.gov.au

6. Australian Gold Exploration 1976-2003

This paper reviews the growth in Australian gold exploration, discovery of resources and production from 1976-2003, and examines recent trends in exploration and discovery. Current resources and economic demonstrated resources are adequate for 12 and 19 years respectively but new deposits are needed to sustain the industry in the longer term.

For further information, please contact Mike Huleatt on +61 (0)2 6249 9087, or by email at mike.huleatt@ga.gov.au

7. About "Minerals Alert"

For more information contact Mike Huleatt on +61 2 6249 9087 or email mike.huleatt@ga.gov.au.

To view past editions of Geoscience Australia's Minerals Alert, visit the Minerals Alert Newsletter Archive.

Topic contact: media@ga.gov.au Last updated: October 4, 2013