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  • Geoscience Australia’s Exploring for the Future program provides precompetitive information to inform decision-making by government, community and industry on the sustainable development of Australia's mineral, energy and groundwater resources. By gathering, analysing and interpreting new and existing precompetitive geoscience data and knowledge, we are building a national picture of Australia’s geology and resource potential. This leads to a strong economy, resilient society and sustainable environment for the benefit of all Australians. This includes supporting Australia’s transition to a low emissions economy, strong resources and agriculture sectors, and economic opportunities and social benefits for Australia’s regional and remote communities. The Exploring for the Future program, which commenced in 2016, is an eight-year, $225m investment by the Australian Government. The Darling-Curnamona-Delamerian (DCD) 2D reflection seismic survey was acquired during May to August 2022 in the Delamerian Orogen, the Murray-Darling basin, the Curnamona Province, and the upper Darling River floodplain regions in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. This project is a collaboration between Geoscience Australia (GA), the Geological Survey of South Australia (GSSA), the Geological Survey of Victoria (GSV) and the Geological Survey of New South Wales (GSNSW) and was funded by the Australian Government’s Exploring for the Future (EFTF) program. The overall objective of the EFTF Darling-Curnamona-Delamerian project is to improve the understanding of mineral and groundwater resources of the Curnamona Province and Delamerian Orogen and overlying basin systems through acquisition and interpretation of new pre-competitive geoscience data sets. The total length of acquisition was 1256 km distributed over five deep crustal 2D reflection seismic lines 22GA-DL1 (446 km), 22GA-DL2 (249 km), 22GA-CD1 (287 km), 22GA-CD2 (178 km), 22GA-CD3 (39.5 km) to image deep crustal structures, and a high-resolution 2D reflection seismic line 22GA-UDF (56 km) to explore groundwater resources. The DL lines provide coverage of fundamental geophysical data over the Flinders Range, the Delamerian Province and the Murray-Darling basin region in eastern South Australia and Victoria. The CD lines extend through the Curnamona Province and into the Darling Basin. The UDF line will assist with refining the hydrogeological model, understanding groundwater dynamics, and locating areas better suited to groundwater bores for better quality groundwater in the upper Darling River floodplain area. The data processing was performed by a contractor under the supervision of Geoscience Australia. The five deep crustal lines (22GA-DL1,DL2,CD1,CD2,CD3) were processed with record lengths of 20 and 8 seconds, while the shallow high-resolution line (22GA-UDF) was processed at a 4 second length. This processing yielded DMO Stack, Post-Stack Time Migration, and Pre-Stack Time Migration products. <strong>Raw shot gathers and processed gathers for this survey are available on request from - Quote eCat# 147423</strong>

  • 40% coverage, south west & north east corners missing 22-3/D53-5/5-1 Vertical scale: 100

  • The geophysical test survey of this field was commenced on 5/6/45 and operations were terminated on 6/8/46 when it was considered advisable to await the results of the drilling campaign for guidance in planning the future geophysical programme. The most intense work was done on the south-east gossan area where the methods used included, electromagnetic, potential-ratio, spontaneous polarisation, magnetic and resistivity. This interim report is supplementary to a detailed report of the survey and refers in detail only to some of the results on the south-east gossan area.

  • New geophysical data, including gravity, airborne electromagnetic (AEM) and broadband magnetotelluric (BBMT) were collected along a series of traverses in the southern Thomson Oregon region of north-western New South Wales and southwestern Queensland in 2014 as part of the Southern Thomson Project. Comparing and integrating this data over the same spatial extents aimed to provide a better understanding of the crustal architecture of this region, and help estimate cover thicknesses above basement rocks. When comparing all available datasets, AEM cannot be reliably used when cover thickness is > ~150m because of limitations in Depth of Investigation (DOI), and BBMT tends to overestimate cover thickness where it is less than 50m. Audio-MT (AMT) likely provides the best resolution for estimating cover thicknesses of 0-1000m on this regional scale. Forward modelling of the gravity data along selected traverses tested the interpreted crustal architecture and cover thicknesses inferred from available seismic images and the new AEM and MT conductivity models. The variable cover thicknesses interpreted from this combined approach produce a closer match with the observed gravity response when compared to a uniform, average cover thickness. The most accurate crustal-scale forward model was a thickened crust north of the Olepoloko Fault (the proposed southern boundary of the southern Thomson), split into simplified lower, middle and upper layers with basement lithologies immediately beneath cover based on the most recent basement interpretation map. Resistive bodies shown in the MT models were included in the gravity modelling, producing a good match between the observed and calculated gravity responses. These results demonstrate the utility in using a combination of different geophysical techniques to understand crustal architecture and estimations of basement depths in regions of Australia with little surface outcrop and thick cover sequences.

  • As part of the standard town capture and requirement for high-res imagery to assist with cadastral upgrade in the Wellington Shire, the opportunity was taken to survey Geurie

  • 95% coverage south west corner missing 22-1/I51-6/14 Vertical scale: 2000

  • A visit was made to inspect the limestone and dolomite deposits at Cow Flat and Walls Siding. An overview of the working of these deposits, which includes details of the leases, production, prices, plant operations, future developments, and the present positions of the owner companies, is given in this report.

  • 45% coverage south & west margins missing 22-2/K55-3/9-5 Vertical scale: 50