Minerals Alert

December 2018

A monthly online newsletter with product news, data releases and project highlights relating to the minerals and energy exploration industries.

  1. Geo-Region of the Decade! - Paterson Province, Western Australia
  2. AusAEM Year 1 NT/QLD data release
  3. AusAEM Year 2 NT/WA Expressions of Interest to subscribe to a regional airborne electromagnetic survey in northern Australia
  4. Exploring for the Future Integration Workshop and Data Release at AGES 2019
  5. New and Improved AusGIN Geoscience Portal Published
  6. Update on geophysical data release
  7. About Minerals Alert

1. Geo-Region of the Decade! - Paterson Province, Western Australia

Over ten years  ago Geoscience Australia completed a project in the Paterson Province of  Western Australia which highlighted the region¿s potential for base metal and copper-gold mineralisation.

In recent weeks  Rio Tinto has been reported (p 27 The Australian 13 November 2018) as having a  potentially significant copper discovery in the Paterson Ranges with over 11  000 km2 of leases pegged in the area. This was followed by reports  (p70 West Australian 14 November 2018) that Metalicity is applying for 2 166 km2  of leases in the region.

Work undertaken  in the highly endowed Paterson Province was conducted as part of the Paterson  Project (2003-2006) and Onshore Energy Security Program (2006-2011) and the  National Geoscience Agreement with the Geological Survey of Western  Australia and other results are  available as free downloads from the GA website.

These include  AEM data and interpretations, solid geology, drill hole database,  geochronology, airborne geophysical datasets and descriptions of mineral  deposits and mineral systems that have affected the Paterson Province. In  upcoming months data will be released from the adjacent Kidson sub-basin deep  crustal seismic survey undertaken to the north of the Paterson province.

For further information, email clientservices@ga.gov.au or phone 1800 800 173.

2. AusAEM Year 1 NT/QLD data release

On 11 December 2018, Geoscience Australia, the Queensland  Geological Survey, and the Northern Territory Geological Survey released 57,700 line kilometres of airborne electromagnetic (AEM) data that were acquired in the  first year of the AusAEM survey conducted under the Exploring for the Future (EftF) program. The dataset includes all AusAEM data acquired in Year 1 of the  AusAEM project, which are located in the Northern Territory and Queensland.

The new data provide explorers with insights into areas of thick cover and areas with potential targets for further investigation. The survey traverses were flown on regional lines spaced 20 kilometres apart with  the survey aircraft flying at a nominal 120 metres above ground level. Further details on this survey and data release can be found on GA website.

The data is available free of charge. Future data release packages from this dataset will contain value added  inversion and interpretation products.

For further information, email clientservices@ga.gov.au or phone 1800 800 173.

3. AusAEM Year 2 NT/WA Expressions of Interest to subscribe to a regional airborne electromagnetic survey in northern Australia

As part of the Exploring for  the Future program, Geoscience Australia will be conducting a regional airborne  electromagnetic (AEM) survey from the Hamersley Ranges WA to the Lake Mackay  region in NT (approximately 1,150,000 km2), expected to start in February 2019.

Geoscience Australia is inviting interested companies to  subscribe to the survey. This opportunity will enable participants to obtain  competitive pricing, as Geoscience Australia will cover mobilisation and  stand-by costs, and ¿fit for purpose¿ data that have been subject to Geoscience  Australia¿s stringent quality assurance and quality control procedures.

For further details download  the PDF, or contact: MineralGeophysics@ga.gov.au.

4. Exploring for the Future Integration Workshop and Data Release at AGES 2019

Geoscience Australia in collaboration with the Geological Survey of Victoria has completed the first dataset of the #AusLAMP survey. Data were acquired at 100 sites from across Victoria. The #VIC dataset is now available from our website.

This workshop is an opportunity for explorers to become  familiar with new datasets (including remotely sensed mineral maps, Proterozoic  Pb isotopes, gravity grids and AusLAMP modelling), interact with the  multidisciplinary team responsible for their collection/interpretation and  learn how Geoscience Australia integrates these datasets using open source data  analytics to gain insights into the subsurface geology of the Tennant Creek - Mount Isa area and assess its mineral potential.

Location: Alice  Springs Convention Centre
Date: 18 March 2019
Time: 9am-4pm  before the AGES Ice-breaker
Contact: ages@nt.gov.au to secure your place.  Registration is limited to 45 places.
Download Event flyer.

For further information, email clientservices@ga.gov.au or phone 1800 800 173.

5. New and Improved AusGIN Geoscience Portal Published

The AusGIN Geoscience Portal has just been redeveloped to provide a new fresh look, full  mobile-device compatibility, and a more user-friendly experience.

The Australian Geoscience information Network (AusGIN) is a collaboration of all state, territory and  federal Geological Survey organisations.  It provides access to geological data from all jurisdictions through a single mapping portal.  Currently,  boreholes, mineral tenements, and mineral occurrence data is provided in the Portal by all Geological Surveys. Other datasets in the Portal include geological maps, geophysical images, rock properties data, and supporting topographic, infrastructure, and environmental data.

Users of the old AusGIN Portal may  need to clear their web browser cache to ensure that all features of the new  Portal work properly. Please use the feedback link in the Help menu to report any bugs or suggest improvements.

Image of the landing page for the application

For further information, email clientservices@ga.gov.au or phone 1800 800 173.

6. Update on geophysical data release

Geoscience Australia is managing the geophysical data acquisition programs in Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and the Northern Territory on behalf of the state/territory geological surveys.

The current status of Geoscience Australia's geophysical survey data acquisition is available in a comprehensive table.

For further information, email clientservices@ga.gov.au or phone 1800 800 173.

7. About Minerals Alert

For more information, please email clientservices@ga.gov.au; or phone 1800 800 173.

To read past editions of Geoscience Australia's Minerals Alert, visit the Minerals Alert Newsletter Archive.

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