South-east Australia has a complex and fragmented geological history. Over the past 550 million years plate tectonic processes have resulted in the formation of metal-rich mineral deposits. This project aims to develop and test models for evaluating past tectonic processes and configurations, using both new and existing geological,
geophysical and isotopic data. The information gained will be used to identify areas of high potential for economically valuable ore deposits, thereby enabling more efficient prioritisation of mineral exploration efforts. This will increase the probability of significant ore deposit discoveries leading to national economic benefit.
Anticipated outcomes of this project include the development of predictive and explanatory models to increase mineral discoveries, as well as deeper knowledge of the geology and tectonic evolution of south-eastern Australia. This will lead to direct economic benefits for the exploration and mineral extraction industries and indirect benefits for rural south-eastern Australia. The techniques developed may also be applied more widely within Australia and beyond.
Note: Research is funded by an ARC Linkage project. It will run for 3 years. We have collaborators from 5 Australian universities (Tasmania, ANU, Curtin, Macquarie, Melbourne), three national or state geological surveys, and about a dozen industry partners.
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