Minerals Alert September 2013

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

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

1. Critical commodities for a high-tech world report released

This report on Critical commodities for a high-tech world: Australia's potential to supply global demand 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 having opportunities for exploitation in Australia.

This two-part report presents

  1. An overview of critical commodities and their uses, which commodities are considered critical by the major economies and why, and an analysis of the opportunities for the Australian mining, exploration and mineral processing industries to supply the critical commodities
  2. A comprehensive synthesis of the geology of critical commodities within a mineral systems framework and discussion of Australian resources and potential. The Appendix comprises summary information on each of the 34 commodities, including global supply and demand data.

The report on 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.

2. Deep seismic reflection atlas of Australia

Deep Crustal Seismic Reflection Profiling Australia 1978–2011 is a recently released atlas of deep seismic reflection profiles carried out in Australia by Geoscience Australia and various partners.

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, and an extensive bibliography of reports and relevant publications.

Visit ANU E Press for a free download External site link.

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

3. 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.

4. About Minerals Alert

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Topic contact: media@ga.gov.au Last updated: October 8, 2013