Minerals Alert March 2011

A monthly online newsletter with product news, data releases  and projects relating to the minerals and energy exploration industry.

1. Workshop on new seismic and MT datasets in southern Northern Territory

There will be a half day (afternoon) workshop on Wednesday 23 March 2011 in Alice Springs to present the results of new seismic reflection and magnetotelluric data collected for the 2009 Georgina-Arunta (L192) seismic survey across the Georgina Basin, Aileron and Irindina provinces of the Arunta Region and the northeastern Amadeus Basin. The survey and workshop are in conjunction with the Northern Territory Geological Survey and the workshop will form part of the Annual Geoscience Exploration Seminar (AGES).

To obtain details on the workshop please email russell.korsch@ga.gov.au; or phone +61 2 6249 9495. Registrations are through the AGES website.

2. Workshops on Geoscience Australia’s Northern Territory Pine Creek AEM Survey Data

There will be a half day (morning) workshop on Thursday 24 March 2011 in Alice Springs to present the results of new Pine Creek airborne electromagnetic (AEM) survey data. The workshop is in conjunction with the Northern Territory Geological Survey (NTGS), and the Annual Geoscience Exploration Seminar (AGES). The workshop will be held in the NTGS conference room at the Arid Zone Research Institute (AZRI), South Stuart Highway Alice Springs starting at 9:00am.

A second half day (morning) workshop presenting the same results of new Pine Creek AEM survey data will be held in Perth on Tuesday 7 June 2011 at The Celtic Club Inc. at 48 Ord Street, West Perth starting at 9:00am.

Registrations forms containing details of these workshops are available online.

The processed AEM data is available as a free download.

To obtain further details on the workshop, please email mike.craig@ga.gov.au; or phone +61 2 6249 9453.

3. Online lists of stratigraphic units available for all States and Territories

The Australian Stratigraphic Units Database (ASUD) has been the authoritative repository of all lithostratigraphic unit descriptions in Australia since 1949.

Geologists can now download lists of all geological units from State or Territories, including Australia’s remote offshore Territories in addition to using the existing online database search tools. The new lists comprise:

Online lists of stratigraphic units

Online lists of stratigraphic units
© Geoscience Australia

  • current and non-current (i.e. superseded or obsolete) geological units
  • information about published references and maps for each unit
  • relationships to parent and adjacent units
  • comprehensive age information
  • formal definition data where available.

The new lists are updated daily.

Users of the ASUD should note that because Geoscience Australia’s website is undergoing redevelopment, URLs for some ASUD web pages have changed. Please update any bookmarks you may have to these and other ASUD web pages:

Many more useful stratigraphic links are available on the ASUD home page. For further information, please contact Cathy Brown or Ollie Raymond at stratnames@ga.gov.au

4. Australia's Identified Mineral Resources 2010

Australia's Identified Mineral Resources 2010 presents Geoscience Australia's latest estimates of Australia’s mineral resources for all major and several minor mineral commodities. These resource estimates provide a long term view of what is likely to be available for mining. They are compared with national totals of ore reserves for each commodity, which provides the industry view of what is likely to be mined in the short to medium term. The report also includes evaluations of long-term trends in mineral resources, world rankings, brief reviews of mining industry developments and an analysis of mineral exploration expenditure across Australia.

Australia's Identified Mineral Resources 2010 will be available as a free download on 14 March 2011, and can be accessed along with other fundamental data on the minerals sector from the Atlas of Australia’s Mineral Resources, Mines and Processing Centres.

5. Update on geophysical data releases

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

Minerals Alert Geophysical Surveys Table - survey boundary polygons in MapInfo TAB format.

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

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