A new frontier of possibility

10 August 2006

Mining companies interested in broadening their horizons now have a map to point them to a whole new frontier.

It’s the Australian Offshore Mineral Locations map which was launched today by the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, the Hon Ian Macfarlane, MP, and the Minister for Science, Education and Training, the Hon Julie Bishop, MP.

The Australian Offshore Mineral Locations map.

The new map is the result of an intensive process of data acquisition, compilation and analysis by Geoscience Australia and CSIRO's Wealth from Oceans Flagship and division of Exploration and Mining, with contributions from state and territory agencies.

It shows where minerals are forming within Australia's 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone and extended continental shelf.

The map also provides information on the locations of manganese nodules and crusts, shellsand, construction aggregate, heavy mineral sand, phosphorites, diamonds, tin, copper, gold and coal.

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