You are currently browsing within Earth Science and Resource Engineering.

Return to Earth Science and Resource Engineering
Director's comment: Tackling major issues

Message from Jonathan Law, Director of the CSIRO Minerals Down Under Flagship.

International: Water rights

The challenge of operating in a dry climate with scarce water supplies is not unique to the Australian minerals industry. Tim Treadgold speaks with Dr Mike Trefry about water management in Chile.

Collaboration: Social science

Christine Williams investigates how community engagement can inform technology development.

Mineral to metal: Iron (Fe)

Iron is the second most common element on earth and is thought to be a major component of the earth’s crust and inner core.

Soil toxicity: The science of soils

Measuring the toxicity of metals in soils is more than science fiction. Adam Courtenay reports.

Feature break out: Mallees hold the key to salinity and a new cash crop

Tough mallee trees could become a key biomass crop. Tony Heselev reports

Industry perspective: In search of efficiency

Since the dawn of the metal production industry, demand has increased and reserve quality has declined, writes Xstrata Technology Chief Executive, Joe Pease.

Industry engagement: Global adoption

First Australia, then the world. Adam Courtenay explores the proliferation of Sirosmelt technology.

Feature break out: Extracting value from slag

A new technology piloted recently by CSIRO has the potential to derive significant value out of molten slag that is a by-product of steelmaking. Tony Heselev reports.

High amp testing: Energy savings

Jodie Parry investigates an unlikely source of energy loss in the metal production industry - the humble electrical connection.

Competing in a global market

Tim Thwaites explores retrofitting solutions for the Australian steel industry.

Feature: A vision in charcoal

The Australian steel industry has been hit hard by the high dollar, rising raw material prices and low cost imports. Technologies developed by CSIRO and its industry partners could set the industry on a new, low emissions path. Tony Heselev reports.

Our resilient coastal Australia

The Wealth from Oceans Flagship is providing Australia's governments, industries and communities with the scientific knowledge, tools and approaches to make wise decisions about our uses of coastal environments.

CSIRO Chile locations

CSIRO Chile links into research activities at sites in Chile and Australia.

Dr Steve Barnes: discovering more about ore deposits

Dr Steve Barnes is an economic geologist with a background in igneous petrology, geochemistry and volcanology and is CSIRO’s expert in komatiites.

Dr Mel Lintern: developing new ways to enhance mineral exploration using calcrete and biological media

Dr Mel Lintern is a geochemist specialising in the application of calcrete and biological media to enhance mineral exploration.

Driving sustainability through systems innovation

Reducing environmental impact with innovative solutions

Australia's shale gas potential

Shale gas has the potential to change the global energy market. Already, it has transformed the energy sector in the USA, positioning the USA as a potential net exporter rather than importer. Worldwide interest in shale gas has increased, and large shale gas reserves have since been identified in countries in Europe and Asia, as well as Australia.

Gilding the gum tree – scientists strike gold in leaves

Eucalyptus trees in the Kalgoorlie region of Western Australia are drawing up gold particles from the earth via their root system and depositing it in their leaves and branches.

Fugitive emissions from coal seam gas

Coal seam gas (CSG) is a rapidly expanding industry in Australia but at present there is very little measurement based information available regarding fugitive emissions from the CSG production process.

Australia and India to collaborate on clean fuel production

In a time when Australia’s liquid transport fuel supplies are declining and our transport needs are growing, a research partnership between Australia and India could provide a solution to a number of energy concerns and ultimately reduce the reliance of both countries on imported fuels.

Science into Society

The Science into Society Group applies social science expertise to understand human response to nationally-identified challenges, connecting stakeholders with the knowledge emerging from the latest scientific research. The Group has expertise across a broad range of social and natural sciences, and specialises in interdisciplinary research at the interface between science and society.

Offshore oil and gas

Working with industry, government and academia to deliver focused research and technology for the safe, efficient and sustainable use of Australia's marine wealth.

Climate Change: Science and Solutions for Australia

Climate Change: Science and Solutions for Australia provides the latest scientific knowledge as at 2011 on a series of climate change topics relevant to Australia and the world. It draws on peer-reviewed literature contributed to by thousands of researchers. Available as a free eBook.

Knowing our oceans, securing our future

By unlocking the secrets of ocean processes, ecosystems and resources, CSIRO is addressing national challenges in which oceans play a central role. (4 pages)

Page 5 of 25