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Stimulating exploration in Central Australia

Geoscience programs designed to improve the knowledge of the geology and resource potential in central Australia.

The Northern Territory Geological Survey (NTGS) is committed to continuing to open up new greenfields areas for exploration in Central Australia. Under Resourcing the Territory, this will particularly focus on the Amadeus Basin and Aileron Province.

Amadeus Basin

Geoscience mapping will produce updated outcrop maps at 1:250 000 and 1:100 000 across the central and western Amadeus Basin to provide consistent basin-wide stratigraphic correlation and improve the understanding of stratigraphy, structural evolution and palaeogeography. Basin-wide 1:500 000 pre-Mesozoic interpretative geology maps will be produced through the integration of the seamless stratigraphic approach with regional scale geophysics. Recent NTGS data and publications on the Amadeus Basin can be discovered on the GEMIS website.

NTGS is a partner to a collaborative program under the Loop 3D consortium, an initiative to build the next generation of 3D geological modelling tools through an Open Source platform. The construction of a 3D model of the Amadeus Basin will provide a test case of the platform.

Aileron Province

Ongoing geoscience outcrop mapping at 1:250 000 and 1:100 000 across the north eastern Aileron and Irindina provinces will provide an updated geological framework to these polymetallic provinces. This updated framework is designed to provide context to a new understanding of the geology and base metals potential of the Aileron Province, including studies of copper-bearing mineral systems in the region. Recent data and publications can be discovered on the GEMIS website.