Abstract

A series of regional pilot geochemical survey projects have been carried out in Australia over recent years. These pilot projects targeted a number of landscape and climate settings that are challenging for geochemical mapping, and applied increasingly lower sampling densities, from c. 1 site/300 km2 to c. 1 site/ 2100 km2. Selected results are presented from pilot geochemical surveys in the Riverina, Gawler and Thomson regions, as well as results from modelling aimed at testing the robustness of ultra-low sampling densities in Australia. The salient conclusions are that: (1) geochemical surveys sampling surface and near-surface transported regolith are capable of identifying major lithologies and mineralization below the cover; and (2) a sampling strategy targeting outlet sediments of large catchments allows the application of ultra-low sampling densities in Australia. These findings overcome the main hurdles met by earlier attempts at designing a nation-wide geochemical survey. The strategy for the resulting National Geochemical Survey of Australia (NGSA) project, recently approved for funding under the Australian Government's Onshore Energy Security Initiative, is outlined. By 2011, the NGSA will produce a publicly available multi-element, internally consistent and state-of-the-art regolith geochemical database and atlas to support decision-makers.
Google map showing geographic bounding box with values North bound -9.0 East bound 156.0 West bound 110.0 South bound -44.0
Related Links
For information on acquiring this product,
please contact the Geoscience Australia Sales Centre via:

fax:
+61 2 6249 9960; or
phone:
1800 800 173 (within Australia);
 
+61 2 6249 9966 (outside Australia).

Please note that support hours are 9 am to 5 pm weekdays

Product Type/Sub Type

dataset - External Publication - Scientific Journal Paper

Constraints

license
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia Licence

IP Owner

Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia)

Author(s)

Date (publication)

2008

Product Type

dataset

Topic Category

geoscientificInformation

Keywords

External Publication
Scientific Journal Paper
Earth Sciences

Resource Language

English

Resource Character Set

utf8

Resource Security Classification

unclassified

Geographic Extent

North bound
-9.0
East bound
156.0
West bound
110.0
South bound
-44.0

Lineage

Unknown

Digital Transfer Options

onLine

Distributor

Role
distributor
Organisation Name
Geoscience Australia
City
Canberra
Administrative Area
ACT
Postal Code
2601
Country
Australia
Email Address

Metadata File Identifier

a05f7892-f9c6-7506-e044-00144fdd4fa6

Metadata Standard Name

ANZLIC Metadata Profile: An Australian/New Zealand Profile of AS/NZS ISO 19115:2005, Geographic information - Metadata

Metadata Standard Version

1.1

Metadata Date Stamp

2010-10-05

METADATA SECURITY CLASSIFICATION

unclassified

Metadata Contact

Role
pointOfContact
Organisation Name
Geoscience Australia
City
Canberra
Administrative Area
ACT
Postal Code
2601
Country
Australia
Email Address
Related Links
For information on acquiring this product,
please contact the Geoscience Australia Sales Centre via:

fax:
+61 2 6249 9960; or
phone:
1800 800 173 (within Australia);
 
+61 2 6249 9966 (outside Australia).

Please note that support hours are 9 am to 5 pm weekdays