Abstract

In 2008-2009 Geoscience Australia, contracted Fugro Airborne Surveys and Geotech Airborne, to respectively acquire TEMPEST and VTEM airborne electromagnetic (AEM) data with broad line spacings covering more than 71 000 km² in the Pine Creek region, Northern Territory. The Pine Creek survey (Figure 1) is the second regional AEM survey funded by the Onshore Energy Security Program (OESP) at Geoscience Australia. Geoscience Australia funded the flying of 19 500 line km, subscriber companies funded 10 400 line km. The 5 000 m line spacing provide regional information with 1 666 m, 555 m and closer line spacing providing detail for mineral systems analysis and deposit scale mapping. One of the main survey objectives was to reduce exploration risk and encourage exploration in the region by mapping, under cover, in areas where gravity and magnetics are quiet. Geological targets included detecting: conductive unites within the Pine Creek Orogen (PCO) sequence; Kombolgie Sandstone / PCO unconformity; Tolmer Group/ Finniss River Group unconformity. Geoscience Australia undertook conductivity logging (Figure 2) in the Pine Creek region. Conductivity logs were processed and as input into forward models, ground truth AEM results and for geological interpretations. To facilitate interpretation, subsurface electrical conductivity predictions using a layered earth inversion (sample by sample) algorithm developed by Geoscience Australia (GA-LEI) were derived from the AEM survey data. Conductivity characterisation of large regional units using the AEM data show: the Rum Jungle Complex is a consistently resistive area with an average conductivity value of less than 2 m/S; the Mt Partridge Group has a conductivity value up to 100 m/S; the Kombolgie Sandstone has a conductivity range of less than 2 m/S in more areas. Detecting conductivity contrasts in areas with known uranium prospectivity aids in a mineral systems analysis and geological interpretation of uranium deposits.
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2010

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