Minerals Alert May 2012

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

1. New seismic survey of Albany-Fraser Orogen in Western Australia

Figure 1: Location of Albany-Fraser Orogen deep crustal seismic transects in southeast Western Australia

Figure 1
Location of Albany-Fraser Orogen
deep crustal seismic transects in
southeast Western Australia
© Geoscience Australia

Geoscience Australia has commenced acquisition of deep crustal seismic reflection data across the Albany-Fraser Orogen in southeast Western Australia. This is a collaborative project between Geoscience Australia and the Geological Survey of Western Australia and is part of the ongoing cooperation under the National Geoscience Agreement and funded through the Western Australian Government’s Exploration Incentive Scheme. AngloGold Ashanti Australia Limited and Independence Group NL have  agreed to join the seismic acquisition project and will fund an 81km deep crustal reflection seismic transect across the Tropicana gold mine, which is being developed by the Tropicana Joint Venture. This transect will be managed by Geoscience Australia on behalf of the National Research Facility for Earth Sounding (ANSIR).

The Albany-Fraser Orogen deep crustal seismic reflection and gravity survey aims to image the crustal architecture of the eastern Yilgarn Craton margin and investigate its relationship to the Proterozoic Albany–Fraser Orogen. The survey will also image the structural geometry around the Tropicana deposit and help to define prospective areas elsewhere within the Albany-Fraser Orogen.

The survey consists of four lines totalling approximately 673km in length (Figure 1), and commenced on 23 April 2012.

For further information, email tanya.fomin@ga.gov.au; or phone +61 2 6249 9725.

2. 6th International SHRIMP Workshop, 1-4 August 2012

The Geoscience Australia Geochronology Laboratory is hosting the 6th Biennial Sensitive High Resolution Ion MicroProbe (SHRIMP) Workshop in Queensland from 1-4 August 2012 to discuss, debate and celebrate all matters SHRIMP. The workshop will immediately precede the 34th International Geological Congress in Brisbane starting on 5 August 2012.

For more details on the workshop and to download the third circular, please go to the SHRIMP Workshop website.

For further information, email SHRIMP2012@ga.gov.au; or phone +61 2 6249 9543 or +61 2 6249 9044.

3. 34th International Geological Congress (IGC), Brisbane, Queensland, 5-10 August 2012

Australia's largest ever Geoscience Event: less than 100 days to go!

General Early Bird Registration for the 34th International Geological Congress (IGC) ended at 30 April 2012. Please be aware that the Standard Registration currently available is substantially less expensive than the Late Registration available from 15 July 2012. The Congress Fourth Circular is available for download at www.34igc.org, with the Congress Registration Fee schedule tabled on page 7.

Sales of Exhibition sites in the Congress's GeoExpo have been remarkable, with more than 250 spaces already sold. Information on remaining GeoExpo and Sponsorship opportunities at the Congress and a Current Exhibitor List can be found in the Fourth Circular.

The Fourth Circular provides detailed information on the comprehensive array of pre and post Congress Field Trips and Professional Development Workshops, along with further information on accommodation options and the developing Scientific Program. The IGC features a comprehensive resources and energy program under the theme Unearthing our Past and Future - Resourcing Tomorrow. Coupled with the opportunities to connect with world leading geoscientists, the 34th IGC represents a NOT TO BE MISSED opportunity for corporate attendance, sponsorship and exhibition.

Geoscience Australia is playing a substantial role in the organisation of the 34th IGC. The event will encompass the interests of geoscientists from industry, academia and governments and promises to be the largest geoscience meeting ever held in Australia.

Please join us at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre for the 34th IGC, 5-10 August 2012.

For more information please go to www.34igc.org.

4. 4th Asian Current Research on Fluid Inclusions (ACROFI) Workshop, 10-12 August 2012

The ACROFI Workshop provides an international forum for exchange of the latest research results and ideas between geoscientists from academia, government and industry from Asian countries and other nations. The conference will focus on applications and new developments for the study of fluid and silicate-melt inclusions. The workshop will immediately follow the 34th International Geological Congress in Brisbane.

For more details on the workshop please go to the ACROFI IV website.

For further information, email terry.mernagh@ga.gov.au; or phone +61 2 6249 9640.

5. Update on geophysical data releases

Geoscience Australia will be managing the data acquisition program in New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

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.

To obtain further details on the survey acquisition, please 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