Abstract

Globally, salt lakes are major sources of lithium, potash, borates and other strategic mineral commodities. Salt lakes, or salars, in the semi-arid to arid regions of Chile, Peru, Argentina and Bolivia contain most of the world's low cost supply of lithium, while salt lakes in Jordan, Israel and China are significant sources of potash. Despite the large number of salt lakes distributed across Australia, public domain knowledge of saline lakes and their associated groundwater systems as potential sources for lithium, potash and other commodities is limited. This report has reviewed the publicly available information on Australian salt lakes and is accompanied by four maps showing which lakes have the highest potential for lithium, boron, potash and calcrete-hosted uranium.
Google map showing geographic bounding box with values North bound -9.0 East bound 158.0 West bound 110.0 South bound -44.0

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nonGeographicDataset

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Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence

IP Owner

Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia)

Author(s)

Date (publication)

2013-01-01T00:00:00

Product Type

nonGeographicDataset

Topic Category

geoscientificInformation

GA Catalogue Number

76454 Product http://www.ga.gov.au/metadata-gateway/metadata/record/76454/

Keywords

GA Publication
Record
economic geology
fluid reservoirs
mineral exploration
geochemistry
water
AU
Earth Sciences

Resource Language

English

Resource Character Set

utf8

Resource Security Classification

unclassified

Geographic Extent

North bound
-9.0
East bound
158.0
West bound
110.0
South bound
-44.0

Lineage

A series of mineral systems criteria were developed for salt lake systems with potassium, lithium, boron and uranium. A range of input datasets were processed in order to develop these criteria. These were then combined to generate maps showing favourable regions in Australia where these systems may operate.

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distributor
Organisation Name
Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia)
City
Canberra
Administrative Area
ACT
Postal Code
2601
Country
Australia
Email Address

Source Description

OZCHEM national whole rock geochemistry database Custodian: Geoscience Australia
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National Geochemistry Survery of Australia - Geochemistry Geocat No. 71973 Custodian: Geoscience Australia
U2/Th based on Radiometric Map of Australia Geocat No. 70791 Custodian: Geoscience Australia
WASANT palaeovalley map Geocat No. 73980 Custodian: Geoscience Australia
Climate zones (Koppen-Geiger classification) Reference: http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/environ/other/koppen_explain.shtml Custodian: Bureau of Meteorology
Evaporites extracted from Geoscience Australia's 1:1 million surface geology map Geocat No. 74619 Custodian: Geoscience Australia
Geoscience Australia's Ozmin Database Custodian: Geoscience Australia
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Northern Territory hydrogeochemistry dataset Reference: http://www.lrm.nt.gov.au/nrmapsnt
Lake Frome hydrogeochemistry dataset Reference: https://www.waterconnect.sa.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx

Metadata File Identifier

deff7b03-ea50-7165-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 SECURITY CLASSIFICATION

unclassified

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pointOfContact
Organisation Name
Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia)
City
Canberra
Administrative Area
ACT
Postal Code
2601
Country
Australia
Email Address