Radiometric map opens new horizons

23 February 2009


The hunt for Australia's energy resources and mineral potential will be greatly enhanced following the release of a new Radiometric Map of Australia by the Minister for Resources and Energy, the Hon. Martin Ferguson AM MP.

A perspective image of radiometric data draped over exaggerated digital elevation information in the McDonald Ranges in Central Australia. © Geoscience Australia.

A perspective image of radiometric
data draped over exaggerated digital
elevation information in the
McDonald Ranges in Central Australia.
© Geoscience Australia

Compiled using results from the world's first whole of continent geophysical survey the data provides explorers and researchers with high-quality, seamlessly merged continent-wide datasets showing the concentration of the naturally occurring radio-active elements, potassium, uranium and thorium at the Earth's surface.

The dataset will make a significant contribution to the information used by companies in the search for energy and other minerals and will enable explorers to relate geochemical responses in a specific area to similar patterns observed in another region of Australia.

Its development follows collection of radiometric data by Geoscience Australia, the State and Northern Territory geological surveys and the private sector over many decades and follows a whole of the continent airborne survey undertaken by Geoscience Australia as part of the Australian Government's Onshore Energy Security Program.

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