Thorium resources revealed

4 July 2008


Energy explorers in Australia have access to another valuable tool following the release of a report on Australia's thorium resources. Cover of Thorium resources document (Link to PDF 908KB

The report, which has been prepared as part of Geoscience Australia's Onshore Energy Security Program, is titled A Review of the Geochemical Processes Controlling the Distribution of Thorium in the Earth's Crust and Australia's Thorium Resources.

The report's authors, Terrence Mernagh and Yanis Miezitis, say that Australia contains about 19% of the world's identified thorium resources with most in the monazite component of heavy mineral sand deposits. The two scientists say that resources in heavy mineral sand deposits could amount to about 364,000 tonnes with about 88,000 tonnes occurring in other types of deposits.

More details are available at Geoscience Australia's Thorium project or obtain A Review of the Geochemical Processes Controlling the Distribution of Thorium in the Earth's Crust and Australia's Thorium Resources as a free download [PDF 908KB].

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