Minerals Alert October 2013

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

  1. Australia's Mineral Resources Assessment report
  2. Critical commodities for a high-tech world report
  3. Deep seismic reflection atlas of Australia
  4. Update on geophysical data releases
  5. About Minerals Alert

1. Australia's Mineral Resources Assessment report

Australia's Mineral Resource Assessment 2013 is a new product jointly compiled by Geoscience Australia and the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics. Production of minerals relies on a series of stages that form a project pipeline. This report breaks the pipeline into four parts:

  • Exploration
  • Identification of resources
  • New mining and associated infrastructure projects
  • Mineral production. 

The report presents a selection of commodities which are of strategic importance to Australia; bauxite, coal, copper, gold, iron ore, nickel, rare earth elements and uranium.

Australia's Mineral Resource Assessment 2013 will be available for free download in late October.

For further information please email Allison Britt at allison.britt@ga.gov.au or phone +61 2 6249 9647.

2. Critical commodities for a high-tech world report

The Critical commodities for a high-tech world: Australia's potential to supply global demand report presents geoscientific and other information highlighting Australia's potential to play a major role in meeting global demand for metals, non-metals and minerals used in high-technology industries. These commodities are crucial in the manufacture of such devices as smart phones and flat screen televisions, as well as in renewable energy and low-emissions technologies such as wind power generators and electric cars.

Of the 34 metals, non-metals and minerals assessed in the report, five metals or groups of commodities (chromium, cobalt, nickel, platinum-group elements and rare-earth elements) are listed as having high (category 1) potential to be found and produced in Australia. They are among a group considered by the European Union, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States of America as highly critical for their economies. Although less critical, copper and zirconium were also identified with category 1 resource potential. A further 15 commodities were assessed as having category 2 resource potential and presenting opportunities for exploitation in Australia.

Critical commodities for a high-tech world: Australia's potential to supply global demand is available for free download.

For further information, please email Roger Skirrow at roger.skirrow@ga.gov.au; or phone +61 2 6249 9442.

3. Deep seismic reflection atlas of Australia

Deep Crustal Seismic Reflection Profiling Australia 1978–2011 is an atlas of deep seismic reflection profiles carried out in Australia by Geoscience Australia and various partners over more than 30 years.

The atlas provides an insight into the variations in crustal architecture across a variety of geological domains. Each reflection profile is presented at approximately true scale and is accompanied by a geological strip map showing the configuration of the line superimposed on 1:1 million geology. The compilation includes a number of large-scale reflection transects groups of 1000 kilometres or more which link across major geological provinces along with an extensive bibliography of reports and relevant publications.

Visit ANU E Press for a free download.

To further information, please email Richard Blewett at richard.blewett@ga.gov.au; or phone +61 2 6249 9713.

4. Update on geophysical data releases

Geoscience Australia is managing the geophysical data acquisition programs in Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

The current status of Geoscience Australia's geophysical survey data acquisition is 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.

5. About Minerals Alert

For more information, please email leesa.carson@ga.gov.au; or phone +61 2 6249 9872.

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

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Topic contact: media@ga.gov.au Last updated: October 29, 2013