New mineral potential revealed in seismic survey

28 March 2011

Map of the Georgina Basin seismic survey line

Map of the Georgina
Basin Seismic survey line
© Geoscience Australia

A deep seismic survey undertaken as part of the Australian Government’s Energy Security Initiative has revealed major new geological structures in the Northern Territory which have important implications for energy and mineral resource exploration.

The survey extended over 373 kilometres from near the Todd River, 150 kilometres east of Alice Springs to just north of Amaroo Station, in a cooperative program carried out by Geoscience Australia under the Onshore Energy Security Program in conjunction with the Northern Territory Geological Survey under its Bringing Forward Discovery Initiative.

Analysis of the survey data has identified a significant new geological province named ‘Ooratippra’. The discovery will help to develop a better understanding of the geological architecture of the Northern Territory and improve the appreciation of how the Australian continent was formed.

It will also help in developing a greater knowledge of the potential for future mineral and energy discoveries, in particular through comparison between the newly discovered province and geological features supporting known mineral occurrences elsewhere in Australia.

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