economic geology, geochemistry, geochronology, mapping, metallogenesis, mineral exploration
The map of iron oxide copper-gold (IOCG) potential of the Gawler Craton, South Australia, shows the spatial distribution of key 'essential ingredients' of IOCG ore-forming systems. These 'ingredients' include: (a) rock units of the Gawler Range-Hiltaba Volcano-Plutonic Association, subdivided by supersuite; (b) faults/shear zones subdivided by interpreted age of youngest significant movement; (c) copper geochemistry (>200ppm), from drill holes intersecting crystalline basement (Mesoproterozoic and older); (d) hydrothermal alteration assemblages and zones, based on drill hole logging, potential-field interpretation, and inversion modelling of potential-field data; and (e) host sequence units considered important in localising IOCG alteration and mineralisation. Also shown are Nd isotopic data and the mineral isotopic ages of late Palaeoproterozoic to early Mesoproterozoic magmatism and hydrothermal minerals. Areas with the greatest number of 'essential ingredients' are considered to have the maximum potential for IOCG mineralisation. IOCG potential of the Gawler Craton is shown as domains with ranks from 1 to 4, with 1 being the highest rank.
Notes detailing the sources of data and methods used in constructing the map are provided in a separate file available on the Geoscience Australia website.
Spatial Extent :
N LAT: -28.0 W LONG: 133.0 S LAT: -35.0 E LONG: 138.0
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