Citation

Thyer, R.F., 1943. Report on the geophysical surveys, Moonta-Wallaroo copperfield, South Australia. Record  1943/019A. Department of Supply and Shipping: Mineral Resources Survey, Canberra.

Abstract

The Moonta-Wallaroo copper field was discovered in 1860 and has been one of the most productive copper fields in Australia. At the time that large scale mining operations ceased in 1923, copper to the value of over £20,000,000 had been produced. At the present time no active mining is in progress and the old mines are closed and the mining plant completely dismantled. There are two main copper producing areas in the field, namely Moonta and Kadina which are 10 miles apart. There are a number of smaller copper areas between and around the main ones. A recent investigation by Mr. S.B. Dickinson of the South Australian Mines Department indicates that while some of the old mines have small known ore reserves, the cost of re-establishing these mines would be too high to warrant such an enterprise. It is probable that all the surface showings of copper have been fully investigated but it is also probable that many lodes exist which show no surface signs. How these lodes are to be discovered is a matter of immediate concern. The present report deals with an extensive survey of parts of the Moonta and Kadina sections of the field. The work was commenced on a large layout pegged to the south-west of Beddome's and Green's lodes on the centre belt of fracturing at Moonta. Following the findings of the test report, the layout was covered by potential ratio and phase surveys and by a self-potential survey. Upon resumption of field work it was decided to use the electromagnetic method in a large scale test on Beddome's layout. Some self-potential and potential ratio work was carried out on the Kadina layouts, but it was found that these methods suffered from the same disability, namely a great number of effects which obviously were due to lode shears, as had been found in the case of Beddome's layout. In this report, the interpretation is based solely on the results of the electromagnetic surveys.
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