Minerals Alert April 2009

  1. Airborne Electromagnetic data for Paterson North, Western Australia
  2. North Queensland Seismic and Magnetotelluric Workshop
  3. Broken Hill Exploration Initiative Conference
  4. Update on geophysical data releases
  5. About Minerals Alert

1. Airborne Electromagnetic data for Paterson North, Western Australia

Airborne Electromagnetic (AEM) data for Paterson North, Western Australia will be released on 17 April 2009. These data were collected with line spacings of one, two and six kilometres. AEM data were acquired over exposures of the eastern Pillbara Block and Hamersley Basin, northern most Rudall Complex, Yeneena Basin and Neoproterozoic to Mesozoic sediments of the Officer and Canning Basins. Deposits including Kintyre (U), Woodie Woodie (Mn), Nifty (Cu) and Telfer (Au) occur within the survey boundaries. The survey results will provide information on the conductivities of a wide variety of surface and near surface materials which will aid exploration in the appropriate application of AEM in the region.

The Paterson North data are available on DVD or as a free download.

The Paterson South data, which were advertised in the March Minerals Alert, are available as a free download.

For further information, email alan.whitaker@ga.gov.au; or phone +61 2 6249 9702.

2. North Queensland Seismic and Magnetotelluric Workshop, Townsville, 3 June 2009

(Held in conjunction with the AIG North Queensland Exploration and Mining conference 4-5 June 2009)

The results of four deep seismic survey and magnetotelluric (MT) traverses, extending from the eastern margin of the Mt Isa Inlier, across Mesozoic cover of the Carpentaria Basin into the Georgetown Block and then into Paleozoic rocks of the Tasman Orogen, will be presented to the public in Townsville on 3 June 2009, in conjunction with the North Queensland Exploration and Mining Conference (4-5 June). The results are based on seismic data acquired in 2007 and collectively funded by Geoscience Australia, the Geological Survey of Queensland and AuScope. These lines provide architectural information on the Croydon, Georgetown, Hodgkinson, Balcooma, Charters Towers, Seventy Mile Range and Pajingo mineral fields. The workshop will present the results of geochronological, geochemical and isotopic studies designed to support the seismic interpretations.

For further information on the workshop, email  russell.korsch@ga.gov.au; or phone +61 2 6249 9495; david.huston@ga.gov.au; or phone +61 2 6249 9577.

Further information on the North Queensland Exploration and Mining conference can be obtained from, email lantana@beyond.net.au; or phone +61 7 4772 5296.

3. Broken Hill Exploration Initiative Conference

A conference will be held in Broken Hill on 29 September-1 October 2009 to report on new insights into exploration geoscience in the Curnamona Craton and adjacent areas. This is being organised jointly by the NSW Department of Primary Industries, Primary Industries and Resources South Australia and Geoscience Australia.

Further information on this conference can be found on the NSW Department of Primary Industries website; or email russell.korsch@ga.gov.au; or phone +61 2 6249 9495.

4. Update on geophysical data releases

The current status of Geoscience Australia's geophysical survey data acquisition is available in a comprehensive table from the Geoscience Australia website.

The Esperance, Balladonia and Cooper Basin North airborne magnetic and radiometric surveys were released via Geophysical Archive Data Delivery System on 26 March 2009.

For further information, email murray.richardson@ga.gov.au; or phone +61 2 6249 9229.

5. 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