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

Product Type/Sub Type

dataset - GA Publication - Record

Constraints

restricted
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia Licence

IP Owner

Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia)

Author(s)

Date (publication)

2013

Product Type

dataset

Topic Category

geoscientificInformation

Keywords

GA Publication
Record
water
geochemistry
mineral exploration
fluid reservoirs
economic geology
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.

Digital Transfer Options

onLine+hardcopy

DISTRIBUTION Format

gdb
misc
pdf
docx

Distributor

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

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 Date Stamp

2014-02-14

METADATA SECURITY CLASSIFICATION

unclassified

Metadata Contact

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