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  • This Bulletin presents the results of a marine geological survey carried out by BMR in the Arafura Sea in 1969 as part of a program of regional geological reconnaissance mapping of the Australian continental shelf. It is a continuation of work in the Timor Sea and northwest shelf (van Andel, Veevers, 1967; Jones, 1968, 1970). The area surveyed is the northern Australian continental shelf between longitudes 130° and 136°E and between latitudes 8° and 12°S (Fig. 1), an area of about 240 000 km-. From 2 to 25 May the Japanese research submersible Yomiuri and its mothership, the converted deepsea tug Yamato, were made available. The major part of the survey lasted from 21 September to 6 December 1969, using the chartered oil-rig supply vessel San Pedro Sound as a platform.

  • Seagrass communities in the northwest of Torres Strait are known to disappear episodically over broad areas. Sediment mobility surveys were undertaken within two study areas during the monsoon and trade wind seasons, in the vicinity of Turnagain Island, to find out if the migration of bedforms could explain this disappearance. The two study areas covered sand bank and sand dune environments to compare and contrast their migration characteristics. Repeat multibeam sonar surveys were used to measure dune-crest migration during each season.

  • Benthic sediment sampling of Inner Darwin Harbour (GA0358) and shallow water areas in and around Bynoe Harbour (GA0359) was undertaken between May 29 and June 19, 2017. Partners involved in the surveys included Geoscience Australia (GA), the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources within the Northern Territory Government (NT DENR) (formerly the Department of Land and Resource Management (DLRM)). These surveys form part of a four year (2014-2018) science program aimed at improving knowledge about the marine environments in the regions around Darwin and Bynoe Harbour’s through the collection and collation of baseline data that will enable the creation of thematic habitat maps to underpin marine resource management decisions. This project is being led by the Northern Territory Government and is supported by the INPEX-led Ichthys LNG Project, in collaboration with - and co-investment from GA and AIMS. This dataset comprises total sediment metabolism, carbonate, organic isotope and organic and inorganic element measurements on seabed sediments.

  • Geoscience Australia has recently completed a marine survey in the offshore northern Perth Basin, off Western Australia (Jones et al., 2011b; Jones, 2011c, Upton and Jones, 2011). One of the principal aims of the survey was the collection of evidence for natural hydrocarbon seepage. The survey formed part of a regional reassessment of the basin's petroleum prospectivity in support of frontier exploration acreage Release Area W11-18. This reassessment was initiated under the Australian Government's Offshore Energy Security Program and formed part of Geoscience Australia's continuing efforts to identify a new offshore petroleum province. The offshore northern Perth Basin was identified as a basin with new frontier opportunities. New data demonstrated that proven onshore-nearshore petroleum system is also effective and widespread in the offshore (Jones et al., 2011a). Evidence for a Jurassic petroleum system was also demonstrated in the Release Area W11-18 (Jones et al., 2011a). The marine survey results provide additional support for the presence of an active petroleum system in the northern Perth Basin.

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  • This dataset contains data collected on various domestic and international swath surveys in and around Australian waters.