Northern Territory uranium potential outlined

01 June 2012


A geophysicist gathering gravity data in a remote desert region. Image courtesy of Daishsat Pty Ltd.

A geophysicist gathering gravity
data in a remote desert region.
Image courtesy of Daishsat Pty Ltd.

A major gravity survey being undertaken in the southwest corner of the Northern Territory will provide an improved understanding of the geology and assist with the exploration for further minerals and energy resources in the region.

Geoscience Australia will manage the survey on behalf of the Northern Territory Geological Survey as part of its Bringing Forward Discovery Initiative.

The survey will cover 101 000 square kilometres southwest of Alice Springs adjacent to the South Australia border in the East Amadeus geological province. It will acquire gravity data at 7560 points and will include 1175 infill gravity stations funded by the mining and exploration industry.

Geoscience Australia geophysicist, Dr Ned Stolz, said that the gravity data, when combined with existing magnetic and other data obtained in the area, would provide unprecedented pre-competitive data for mining and exploration companies.

"The discovery earlier this year of petroleum resources in the Amadeus Basin by Central Petroleum can be expected to generate broad interest in this largely under explored region, and the gravity data will provide another source for understanding the resource potential of the area," Dr Stolz said.

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