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  • The Marine Survey Multibeam Bathymetry Web Map Service contains the highest-resolution multibeam bathymetry grids available for download on Geoscience Australia's website. These bathymetry grids were collected over numerous multibeam survey programs conducted in Australian mainland and Antarctic waters by both Geoscience Australia and our collaborators. Layers are grouped by survey or region and where available include both the Geoscience Australia and vessel survey identification numbers that contributed to the bathymetry grids. Bathymetry grids have been rendered over a rainbow colour-ramp with minimum and maximum depth values unique for each survey. These values are specified in each survey's layer description. The resolution of each bathymetry grid is also specified in each survey's layer description

  • Examination of samples from· Arabella No.1, Candace No.1 and Kybra No.1, offshore Carnarvon Basin, Western Australia, for Triassic conodonts.

  • Landsat image poster processed by the Australian Centre for Remote Sensing (ACRES)

  • An investigation of beach-sand heavy-mineral deposits between the mouth of the Clarence River in northern New South Wales, and North Stradbroke Island in southern Queensland, was made by the Bureau of Mineral Resources during the years 1948 to 1950. The work done between the mouth of the Clarence River and Southport comprised detailed boring and sampling of beaches and coastal dunes and portion of coastal plains up to a mile or two inland. The levels of the bore-collars were determined in relation to high water mark on the beaches. On North Stradbroke Island, boring was done by Zinc Corporation and a reconnaissance geological investigation by the Bureau of Mineral Resources. The results of this work are being published by the Bureau, and portions of it which have a bearing on the changing sea-levels are summarized below.

  • The discovery of commercial oil in the Cliff Head-1 well in 2001 set an important milestone in the exploration history of the offshore northern Perth Basin. The region had been largely underexplored before then, partly due to the perception that the Hovea Member, a 10 to 40 m-thick unit straddling the Permian-Triassic boundary (PTB) and recognized as the main source of onshore petroleum accumulations, was not developed offshore (Crostella, 2001). The typing of the Cliff Head oil to the Hovea Member provided evidence that the key onshore petroleum system extends offshore and revitalized exploration in the area with 13 new field wildcat wells drilled since 2002. Three discoveries have been made subsequently further offshore in the Abrolhos Sub-basin with gas retrieved in Frankland-1 and Perseverance-1 and oil and gas in Dunsborough-1. A review of source rock and oil geochemical data was undertaken by Geoscience Australia in the offshore northern Perth Basin as part of a major integrated study aimed at reassessing the basin's prospectivity. This work supports the release of offshore exploration areas W13-19 and W13-20, two major blocks straddling the Houtman and Abrolhos Sub-basins with small portions extending into the Zeewyck and Gascoyne Sub-basins (Fig. 1). Well control is provided by 5 wells from the Wittecarra Terrace in the northern Abrolhos Sub-basin and Houtman-1 in the Houtman Sub-basin.

  • This dataset maps the geomorphic habitat environments (facies) for 63 Northern Territory coastal waterways. This version of the dataset includes 48 newly mapped estuaries, classified as 'Near pristine'. The classification system contains 12 easily identifiable and representative environments: Barrier/back-barrier, Bedrock, Central Basin, Channel, Flood- and Ebb-tide Delta, Fluvial (bay-head) Delta, Intertidal Flats, Mangrove, Rocky Reef, Saltmarsh/Saltflat, Tidal Sand Banks (and Unassigned). These types represent habitats found across all coastal systems in Australia. Estuaries on the northern Arnhem Land, Gulf of Carpentaria coasts are predominantly tide-dominated estuaries, which vary greatly in size and floodplain characteristics.

  • Publicly available bathymetry and geophysical data has been used to map geomorphic features of the Antarctic continental margin and adjoining ocean basins at scales of 1:1-2 million. The key bathymetry datasets used were GEBCO08 and ETOPO2 satellite bathymetry (Smith & Sandwell 1997), in addition to seismic lines in key areas. Twenty-seven geomorphic units were identified based on interpretation of the seafloor bathymetry with polygons digitised by hand in ArcGIS.

  • The Geomorphic Features of Australia's Marine Jurisdiction web service brings together various datasets produced by Geoscience Australia that describe the distribution and types of geomorphic features found on the seabed of Australia's marine jurisdiction. This jurisdiction covers Australia's Exclusive Economic Zone, including offshore islands and territories. Geomorphic features have been identified using the best available bathymetric data with features generally mapped at a scale of 1:5 000 000.

  • Tropical cyclones affect storm-dominated sediment transport processes that characterise Holocene shelf deposits in many shelf environments. In this paper, we describe the geomorphology of reef talus deposits found in the Gulf of Carpentaria and Arafura Sea, Australia,that we attribute to tropical cyclones. The orientation of these deposits is also indicative of a consistent, along-coast transport pathway.