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New interpretation record release: The Frome airborne electromagnetic survey, South Australia: implications for energy, minerals and regional geology

The Frome airborne electromagnetic (AEM) survey, the third major regional AEM survey flown by Geoscience Australia as part of the Onshore Energy Security Program, was released by the Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism, the Hon. Martin Ferguson, on 13 June 2012. Geoscience Australia Record 2012/040 includes over 150 diagrams and tables highlighting the collection, processing and interpretation of AEM data around the Lake Frome area of South Australia for the promotion of energy resource exploration. The Record was produced in collaboration with the Geological Survey of South Australia.

Contact Dr Ian Roach at Ian.Roach@ga.gov.au or on +61 2 6249 9683 for more information.

Frome Embayment TEMPEST AEM Survey: Inversion Report and Data Package (200m)

A new data release containing a Geoscience Australia Layered Earth Inversion to 200m has been released to accompany the Frome Interpretation Record.

Overview

Under Geoscience Australia's Onshore Energy Security Program (OESP), Airborne Electromagnetic (AEM) data is being acquired in areas considered prospective for unconformity-related and palaeochannel-hosted uranium deposits. The program is aimed at reducing exploration risk and promoting exploration activity.

The surveys, which are part of the Airborne Electromagnetic Acquisition and Interpretation project, are designed to reveal new information about regions by acquiring the AEM data at line spacings of one to six kilometres over relatively large areas. The improved understanding of the regional geology resulting from the surveys will be of considerable benefit to mining and mineral exploration companies, which can obtain more detailed data over a specific area of interest by contributing additional funds to the acquisition cost.

As well as enhancing the search for uranium and other energy sources, the survey results will be relevant in exploration for a variety of commodities and other resources, including groundwater. Three priority projects emerged from mineral systems analysis and discussions with the State and Northern Territory Geological Surveys. They are:

  1. Paterson Province (Western Australia)
  2. Pine Creek (Northern Territory)
  3. Frome Embayment (South Australia)

Project 1 - Paterson Province, Western Australia

Paterson project, WA

Paterson project, WA
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Paterson project, WA

Paterson project, WA
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The Paterson project area is centred on the Kintyre uranium deposit and provides AEM data coverage over those areas where Paleoproterozoic Era Rudall Complex and Neoproterozoic Era sediments of the Yeneena Basin either outcrop or are expected to lie beneath less than 500 metres of cover. The area also includes the Telfer gold deposit, the Nifty copper deposit, the Woodie Woodie manganese deposit and others.

Objectives

  • To map unconformities and paleochannels which may be prospective hosts for uranium mineralisation
  • To support geological mapping of lithologies and structures in the subsurface
  • To improve depth to basement estimates
  • To map alteration, mineralisation or host horizons for other commodities including gold, copper and manganese.

Other products

In addition to the AEM data and inversion products linked in Table 1, several additional products are available for the Paterson area. These include:

Project 2 - Pine Creek, Northern Territory

The goal of the Pine Creek AEM survey is to characterise the electromagnetic response of Paleoproterozoic rocks, particularly graphitic units adjacent to Archean granite domes, and map these units in regions of extensive cover, such as the Woolner Granite, and Daly River Basin areas. The project will also attempt to map key sub-surface unconformities and structures which may have units in regions of extensive cover, such as the Woolner Granite, and Daly River Basin areas. The project will also attempt to map key sub-surface unconformities and structures which may have influenced mineralising fluids.

Pine Creek project, NT

Pine Creek project, NT
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Objectives

  • To map unconformity and palaeochannel uranium host rocks
  • To map the thickness of Kombolgie Subgroup rocks (depth to prospective interface)
  • To map graphitic basement conductors
  • To map the thickness of regolith cover.

Progress update: November 2011

  • Contractor supplied data has been released online
  • Integrated geological and geophysical interpretation will be completed late 2011
  • Interpretation record released November 2011.

Other products

In addition to the AEM data and inversion products linked in Table 1, several additional products are available for the Pine Creek area. These include:

Project 3 - Frome Embayment-Murray Basin, South Australia

Frome Embayment project, SA

Frome Embayment project, SA
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The Frome Embayment-Murray Basin project will provide regional AEM data over a 95 000 square kilometre area between the Flinders Ranges and the State border in South Australia. Extensive Mesozoic to Cenozoic cover blankets the highly prospective area, which hosts major palaeochannel-type uranium deposits at Beverley, Four Mile, Honeymoon and Goulds Dam.

Objectives

  • To map palaeochannels which may host uranium deposits
  • To map Beverley Sands/Alpha Mudstone
  • To map thick channels of the Eyre Formation
  • To map faults and fault blocks
  • To map depth to cratonic basement, especially over the Benagerie ridge southeast of Lake Frome
  • To map alteration or mineralisation involving other commodities including gold, copper, lead and zinc
  • To map Murray Basin strand lines.

Progress update: November 2010

  • Survey flown between May 2010 and October 2010
  • Phase 1 (contractor-supplied) data released March 2011.

Other products

In addition to the AEM data and inversion products linked in Table 1, several additional products are available for the Frome Embayment-Murray Basin area. These include:

Available data

AEM data collected from the surveys and models resulting from them can be downloaded using the links in Table 1.

Table 1 - OESP Airborne Electromagnetic Programs and downloadable data
Survey Name State Sub
regions
Area
(km2)
Line
km
Survey
completed
AEM
system
Release of Geoscience
Australia-funded data
only - Contractor
supplied data
Complete final data
release - Contractor
supplied data and
Geoscience Australia
inversion products
Paterson WA Paterson South 11 800 9200 28 November 2007 TEMPEST Paterson South TEMPEST AEM Survey, WA, 2008 Final Data (P1168)
(4 March 2009)
Paterson TEMPEST AEM Survey, Western Australia, 2010 Complete Final Data
(30 April 2010) 
 
Paterson TEMPEST AEM Survey, Western Australia, 2010 Final Inversion Data and Conductivity Models
(30 April 2010) 
Paterson North 35 400 19 400 28 October 2008 TEMPEST Paterson North TEMPEST AEM Survey, WA, 2008 Final Data (P1168)
(17 Apri l 2009)
Pine Creek NT Woolner 8300 6900 5 December 2008 TEMPEST Pine Creek - Woolner Granite Area TEMPEST AEM Survey, NT, 2009 Final Data (P11 96 - part 1 of 2)
(10 July 2009)
Pine Creek TEMPEST AEM Survey, Northern Territory, 2010 Final Inversion Data and Conductivity Models
(30 June 2010)
Rum Jungle 34 900 14 200 24 May 2009 TEMPEST Pine Creek - Rum Jungle TEMPEST AEM Survey, NT, 2009 Final Data (P1196 - part 2 of 2)
(30 September 2009)
Phase-1 and Phase-2 data release for area infill area RJ7 within the Rum Jungle AEM survey, 2010
(14 Dec 2010)
Woolner-
Rum Jungle

4194 17 674
TEMPEST Phase-1 Data release for infill areas within Woolner Granite-Rum Jungle Surveys 2010
(11 April 2011)

Kombolgie 30 500 8800 27 April 2009 VTEM Pine Creek - Kombolgie VTEM AEM Survey, NT, 2009 Final Data (P1195)
(4 December 2009)
Pine Creek - Kombolgie VTEM AEM Survey, NT, 2010 Final Data including infill areas: K1, K2 and K3. (P1195)
(20 Dec 2010)
Pine Creek - Kombolgie VTEM (TM) AEM Survey, NT: Revised EMFlow Conductivity Estimates to 2 km Depth
(20 Dec 2010)
Kombolgie VTEM AEM Survey, Northern Territory, 2011 Inversion Report and Data Package (P1195)
(7 July)
Frome Embayment SA Cariewerloo N/A 600 6 September 2010 TEMPEST Available from PIRSA (26 November 2010) Available from PIRSA (26 November 2010)
Frome 95 000 32 000 2 November 2010 TEMPEST Frome Embayment TEMPEST AEM Survey, South Australia, 2010 Final Data (P1231)
(31 March 2011)
Frome Embayment TEMPEST AEM Survey: Inversion Report and Data Package
(4 July 2011)
C1 subscription infill SA Frome 5000 1100 2 November 2010 TEMPEST Frome Embayment AEM Phase-1 and Phase-2 data for the Callabonna Uranium infill area, South Australia
(16 April 2012)
Frome Embayment AEM Phase-1 and Phase-2 data for the Callabonna Uranium infill area, South Australia
(16 April 2012)
Frome GA-LEI (200m) SA Frome 95 450 32 317 2 November 2010 TEMPEST

Frome Embayment TEMPEST AEM Survey, South Australia, 2010 Final Data (P1231)
(31 March 2011)

Frome Embayment TEMPEST AEM Survey: Inversion Report and Data Package (200m)
(15 June 2012)

The Geoscience Australia data releases include the contractor supplied data and EM Flow conductivity depth image (CDI) sections for only the lines funded by Geoscience Australia. The complete final data releases make available both the contractor supplied data and Layered Earth Inversions (LEI) sections, grids and interpretive products for all Geoscience Australia and infill company flight lines.

Contractor supplied data includes:

  • AEM ASCII data
  • AEM Gridded data
  • AEM multiplots with EM Flow CDI sections
  • Logistics report.

Geoscience Australia inversion products include:

  • AEM ASCII LEI models
  • AEM ASCII elevation slices
  • AEM multiplots with LEI sections
  • Grids and georeferenced images of cross sections, total conductance, elevation slices and depth slices
  • AEM Go Map showing depth of investigation
  • Report.

Topic contact: minerals@ga.gov.au Last updated: October 4, 2013