New magnetotelluric data released

28 October 2011


Geophysicist, Jingming Duan, collecting Magnetotelluric data in the Georgina Basin area of the Northern Territory.

Geophysicist, Jingming Duan,
collecting Magnetotelluric data
in the Georgina Basin area of
the Northern Territory
© Geoscience Australia

Explorers and researchers will be able to utilise newly acquired magnetotelluric datasets when seeking to obtain a greater understanding of the potential for Australia's minerals and energy sources.

The datasets were acquired as part of Geoscience Australia's Onshore Energy Security Program along 12 deep crustal seismic transects in Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Data from each of the transects will allow users to produce two-dimensional images of the electrical conductivity structure of the Earth's crust and the upper mantle.

The magnetotelluric surveys acquisition projects include more than 640 stations over a total distance of 3700 km, and were undertaken in collaboration with AuScope, the University of Adelaide and the geological surveys of Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Each of the datasets is available as a free download.

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