Abstract

Australia's economic prosperity is highly dependent on the continent's remarkable endowment of mineral and energy resources. Maintaining this prosperity requires effective exploration that leads to new discoveries to provide an ongoing 'pipeline' of resource development. Unfortunately, the percentage of global expenditure for minerals exploration in Australia has declined over the past decade, particularly for non-ferrous commodities and in frontier or greenfield regions. One factor for the decline in expenditure has been the perception that Australia is 'mature', i.e. has limited prospects for big new discoveries. Most of the existing mineral resource base that has been discovered and developed only occurs from outcropping or near outcropping geology. Such geology comprises approximately 20% of the land area, with the remaining 80% of the continent covered by a veneer of regolith or sediments, much of it only a few hundred metres thick. The fact that prospective rocks lie, for the most part, untested beneath this cover creates a tremendous opportunity for new mineral discoveries. Geoscience Australia, in collaboration with the State and Northern Territory geological surveys and the research community, will seek to reveal the hidden potential of Australia's buried but prospective terrains. The work will involve the acquisition, processing, interpretation and delivery of new pre-competitive geoscience data sets that develop and test geological models and key indicators of mineral resource potential in the subsurface.
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Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia)

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Date (publication)

2013-01-01T00:00:00

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77124 Product http://www.ga.gov.au/metadata-gateway/metadata/record/77124/

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Earth Sciences

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Canberra
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Australia
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Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia)
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Canberra
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ACT
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