Update on Geophysical Data Acquisition

LocationStateSurvey% CompleteGravity StationsFlight LinesSpacingGround ClearanceComments

Ord-Keep Rivers

WA-NT

Airborne EM

100%

N/A

8 150

Various

40m agl

The survey covers the Port Keats, Auvergne and Cambridge Gulf 1:250 000 Standard Map Sheets. The survey completed flying on 19 July 2017. The approved final data and reports have been accepted by GA. The final data delivery to GA occurred on 23 January 2018.

Western Tiers

TAS

Airborne Magnetic and Radiometric

TBA

N/A

28 000 E-W
5 093 km²

200m E-W

80m agl

The proposed survey covers parts of the Launceston and Oatlands 1:250 000 Standard Map Sheets. The formal execution of the National Collaboration Framework Agreement between GA and Mineral Resources Tasmania has been delayed.  The timing for the release of the Quotation Request is now under consideration by the project collaborators.

Mount Isa Inlier

QLD

Airborne Magnetic and Radiometric

100%

N/A

Est, 121 000 line km

100m E-W

60m agl

The survey area covers parts of the Cloncurry, Julia Creek, Duchess, McKinlay, Boulia and Mackunda 1:250 000 Standard Map Sheets. The survey  commenced 3 July 2017 and completed flying on 27 October 2017. A detailed survey over Mary Kathleen was completed on 5 November 2017. Final raw field data were supplied to GA on 7 December 2017. These data are currently under review by GA.

PACE Copper Initiative

Andamooka (Block 3A)

SA

Airborne Magnetic and Radiometric

100%

N/A

81 396

200m E-W

60m agl

The survey covers parts of the Andamooka 1:250 000 Standard Map Sheet. GA received final accepted data on 17 November 2017.

PACE Copper Initiative

Torrens
(Block 3B)

SA

Airborne Magnetic and Radiometric

100%

N/A

79 990

200m E-W

60m agl

The survey covers parts of the Torrens 1:250 000 Standard Map Sheet. GA received final accepted data on 17 November 2017.

PACE Copper Initiative

Barton
(Block 4A)

SA

Airborne Magnetic and Radiometric

100%

N/A

111 758

200m E-W

60m agl

The survey covers parts of the Ooldea, Barton, Nullarbor and Fowler 1:250 000 Standard Map Sheets. GA accepted the raw data on 2 August 2017. GA received final radiometric data on 22 December for assessment.

PACE Copper Initiative

Fowler
(Block 4B)

SA

Airborne Magnetic and Radiometric

100%

N/A

95 009

200m E-W

60m agl

The survey covers parts of the Nullarbor, Fowler and Nuyts 1:250 000 Standard Map Sheets. GA accepted the raw data on 2 August 2017. GA received final radiometric data on  22 December for assessment.

PACE Copper Initiative

Tranche 2 Tallaringa North
(Block 1A)

SA

Airborne Magnetic and Radiometric

56.3%

N/A

95 260

200m E-W

60m agl

The  proposed survey covers parts of the Giles, Maurice and Tallaringa 1:250 000 Standard Map Sheets. The survey commenced flying on 1 November 2017.

PACE Copper Initiative

Tranche 2 Tallaringa South
(Block 1B)

SA

Airborne Magnetic and Radiometric

50.6%

N/A

143 055

200m E-W

60m agl

The proposed survey covers parts of the Maurice, Tallaringa, Ooldea and Barton 1:250 000 Standard Map Sheets. The survey  commenced flying on 26 September 2017.

PACE Copper Initiative

Tranche 2 Coober Pedy
(Block 8A)

SA

Airborne Magnetic and Radiometric

100%

N/A

88 770

200m N-S

60m agl

The  proposed survey covers the Coober Pedy 1:250 000 Standard Map Sheet. The survey commenced flying on 26 Spetmber 2017 and completed flying on 21 December 2017.

PACE Copper Initiative

Tranche 2
Billa Kalina
(Block 8B)

SA

Airborne Magnetic and Radiometric

100%

N/A

88 770

200m N-S

60m agl

The  proposed survey covers the Billa Kalina 1:250 000 Standard Map Sheet. The survey commenced flying on 10 October 2017 and completed flying on 18 December 2017.

PACE Copper Initiative

Tranche 2 Childara
(Block 9A)

SA

Airborne Magnetic and Radiometric

30.4%

N/A

131 395

200m N-S

60m agl

The  proposed survey covers parts of the Tarcoola and Childara 1:250 000 Standard Map Sheets. The survey commencde flying on 5 November 2017.

PACE Copper Initiative

Tranche 2
Lake Eyre
(Block 10)

SA

Airborne Magnetic and Radiometric

73.9%

N/A

89 990

200m E-W

60m agl

The  proposed survey covers parts of the Lake Eyre and Curdimurka 1:250 000 Standard Map Sheets. The survey commenced flying on 2 October 2017.

PACE Copper Initiative Tranche 3 — Streaky Bay (Block 5)

SA

Airborne Magnetic and Radiometric

TBA

N/A

129 055

200m E-W

60m agl

The proposed survey covers parts of the Childara, Streaky Bay and Elliston 1:250 000 Standard Map Sheets. 

PACE Copper Initiative Tranche 3 — Gairdner (Yardea N - Block 6A)

SA

Airborne Magnetic and Radiometric

TBA

N/A

87 692

200m E-W

60m agl

The proposed survey covers parts of the Gairdner and Yardea 1:250 000 Standard Map Sheets. 

PACE Copper Initiative Tranche 3 — Kimba (Yardea S - Block 6B)

SA

Airborne Magnetic and Radiometric

TBA

N/A

88 875

200m E-W

60m agl

The proposed survey covers parts of the Yardea and Kimba 1:250 000 Standard Map Sheets. 

PACE Copper Initiative Tranche 3 — Spencer (Block 7)

SA

Airborne Magnetic and Radiometric

TBA

N/A

103 327

200m E-W

60m agl

The proposed survey covers parts of the Port Augusta and Whyalla 1:250 000 Standard Map Sheets.

PACE Copper Initiative Tranche 3 — Kingoonya (Block 9B)

SA

Airborne Magnetic and Radiometric

TBA

N/A

148 240

200m N-S

60m agl

The proposed survey covers parts of the Kingoonya and Gairdner 1:250 000 Standard Map Sheets.

Tanami-NE Canning

WA

Airborne Gravity

100%

N/A

50 000

2.5km E-W

East Block at 900m asl; West Block at 400m asl

The proposed survey area covers the Billiluna (all), and parts of the Lucas, Cornish, Mount Bannerman, Mount Ramsay, Noonkanbah, Lansdowne, Lennard River, Derby, Charnley and Yampi 1:250 000 Standard Map Sheets. Survey flying commenced 16 June 2017. The Tanami Block completed flying on 12 August. The NE Canning Block commenced flying on 17 August 2017 and finished on 15 November.

Kidson Sub-basin

WA

Airborne Gravity

70.7%

N/A

70 000

2.5km N-S

120m agl

The survey area covers the Anketell, Joanna Spring, Dummer, Paterson Range, Sahara, Percival, Helena, Rudall, Tabletop, Ural, Wilson, Runton, Morris and Ryan 1:250 000 Standard Map Sheets. Survey flying commenced on 17 July 2017.

AusAEM - Tennant - Isa

NT & Qld

Airborne EM

32.9%

N/A

60 000

20km N-S (NT) and E-W (Qld)

Tx/Rx at 120/80m agl respectively

The  survey covers the onshore parts of the Newcastle Waters, Normanton, Alice Springs and Cloncurry 1:1 000 000 Standard Map Sheets. Survey flying commenced on 6 August over the Alice Springs Standard Map Sheet.

Surat-Galilee

Qld

Airborne EM

100%

N/A

4 500

Defined traverses in various directions

40m agl

The survey covers parts of the Roma, Chinchilla, Dalby, Taroom, Tangorin, Buchanan, Muttaburra, Galilee, Longreach and Jericho  1:250 000 Standard Map Sheets. Survey flying was completed on 23 July 2017. The approved final data and reports have been accepted by GA and were received by GA on 24 October 2017.

Southern Stuart Corridor

NT

Airborne EM

100%

N/A

8 600

Defined traverses in various directions

40m agl

The survey covers parts of the Rodinga, Alice Springs, Alcoota, Barrow Creek, Bonney Well, Tennant Creek and Green Swamp Well 1:250 000 Standard Map Sheets. Survey flying was completed on 12 August 2017. The approved final data and reports have been accepted by GA and were recieved by GA on 13 November 2017.

Olympic Domain

SA

Airborne EM

100%

N/A

3 181

3km and 1.5km E-W

40m agl

The survey covers  parts of the Andamooka, Torrens and Port Augusta 1:250 000 Standard Map  Sheets. The Quotation Request was  released on 5 September and closed on 26 September 2017. The survey commenced on 14 November 2017 and finished flying on 22 Novemebr 2017.

Fowler Domain

SA

Airborne EM

100%

N/A

3 057

5km NW-SE

40m agl

The survey covers  parts of the Ooldea, Barton, Nul1arbor, Fowler and Nuyts 1:250 000 Standard Map  Sheets.  The Quotation Request was  released on 5 September and closed on 26 September 2017. The survey commenced flying on 25 November and completed flying on 5 December 2017.

Little Sandy Desert

WA

Aerogravity

TBA

N/A

52 000

2.5km N-S

TBA

The proposed survey covers the Madley (pt), Herbert, Robert (pt), Trainor (pt), Nullagine (pt), Paterson Range (pt), Balfour Downs (pt), Rudall (pt), Robertson (pt), Gunanya (pt), Bullen (pt), Trainor (pt) and Nabberu (pt) 1:250 000 Standard Map Sheets.  The Approach to Market (ID GA2017/4223) was released via AusTender on 2 November and closed on 18 December 2017.

Kimberley Basin

WA

Aerogravity

TBA

N/A

61 000

2.5km N-S

TBA

The proposed survey covers the Londonderry (pt), Montague Sound (pt), Drysdale, Medusa Banks (pt), Prince Regent, Ashton, Cambridge Gulf (pt), Charnley, Mount Elizabeth (pt), Lissadell (pt), Lennard River (pt), Lansdowne (pt) and Mount Ramsay (pt) 1:250 000 Standard Map Sheets.  The Approach to Market (ID GA2017/4223) was released via AusTender on 2 November and closed on 18 December 2017.

Gunbarrel Basin

WA

Aerogravity

TBA

N/A

28 000

2.5km E-W

TBA

The proposed survey covers the Warri (pt), Cobb (pt), Browne (pt), Bentley (pt), Scott (pt), Yowalga (pt) and Talbot (pt) 1:250 000 Standard Map Sheets.  The Approach to Market (ID GA2017/4223) was released via AusTender on 2 November and closed on 18 December 2017.

GreatVictoria Desert

WA

Aerogravity

TBA

N/A

55 000

2.5km E-W

TBA

The proposed survey covers the Yowalga (pt), Talbot (pt), Cooper (pt), Westwood, Lennis, Waigen (pt), Vernon, Wanna, Jubilee and Mason 1:250 000 Standard Map Sheets. The Approach to Market (ID GA2017/4223) was released via AusTender on 2 November and closed on 18 December 2017.

Magnetotelluric Surveys

LocationStateSurvey NameTotal number of MT Stations deployedSpacingTechniqueComments
Northern AustraliaQld/NTAusLAMP 150 50km Long period MT The survey covers the area between Mt Isa and Tennant Creek

Seismic Surveys

LocationStateSurvey Name Line Km Geophone Interval VP/SP Interval Record Length Technique Comments
Northern Australia Qld/NT South Nicholson Basin 1100 20m 40m 20 seconds 2D - Deep Crustal Seismic Reflection The survey covers the region between the southern McArthur Basin to the Mt Isa western succession, crossing the South Nicholson Basin and Murphy Province. The data acquisition phase of the survey started on 23 May and was completed in August 2017.
South East Lachlan Vic/NSW SE Lachlan Approx. 450 10m 40m 20 seconds 2D - Deep Crustal Seismic Reflection The survey covers the South East Lachlan Orogen crossing the Victorian- New South Wales border.  The data acquisition phase of the survey will start early March 2018.

Geoscience Australia at the 2018 AEGC (Australasian Exploration Geoscience Conference)
Geoscience Australia geophysicists will be at the First Australasian Exploration Geoscience Conference (AEGC) in Sydney at the International Convention Centre from 18-21 February 2018.  The Conference is being jointly organized by the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists Ltd, the Australian Institute of Geoscientists Ltd and the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia Ltd.   Presentations, both oral and poster, will be given on the various geoscientific programs conducted by GA and will include results from  GA’s current Exploring for the Future initiative and recent geophysical surveys in Australia that have collected passive seismic, magnetotelluric, ocean-bottom seismometer, airborne electromagnetic, magnetic, radiometric, gravity and seismic datasets.  If you are in Sydney at this time please come and visit the GA booth (Numbers 75 & 76) in the exhibition hall for more information about the numerous geoscientific activities at Geoscience Australia.

The presenters, their topics and presentation schedule are available from the conference website at www.aegc2018.com.au.

Minerals Forum Talks now available online:
Geoscience Australia has made talks from their Minerals Forum held in Perth on 27 November available. This forum showcased the range of pre-competitive geoscience projects currently underway by Geoscience Australia and its collaborative partners under the UNCOVER themes with an emphasis on new projects arising out of the Australian Government’s four year $100M Exploring for the Future program which commenced in late 2016.
The themes covered are: Cover and what lies beneath, character and thickness; 3D architecture, mapping the framework for mineral systems; 4D geodynamics and mineral systems of Australia; and, Mineral system footprints and toolkits for explorers.
Link to Minerals Forum Talks: https://www.aseg.org.au/news/ga-forum-talks

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