This edition of resourceful explores future science to unlock the earth's deep mineral, energy and water resources. Deep Earth Imaging is a new major investment in future science by CSIRO. Read both a national and industry perspective on Deep Earth Imaging, the opportunities for sourcing mineral, energy and groundwater resources, as well as some of CSIRO's other major investments that could benefit the minerals and mining industry.
New science to reduce exploration risk
Rapid shifts in technology are paving the way for developing innovative and potentially revolutionary imaging technologies that can reduce risks in deep earth exploration, writes JONATHAN LAW
Tackling new scientific frontiers
CSIRO has made six major science investments at the leading edge of world research trends in a bid to stay ahead of global disruption. TONY HESELEV reports
Exploration El Dorado
Although the deep earth remains largely unexplored, it’s believed to hold vast reserves of mineral, energy and water resources. ADAM COURTENAY explores a new groundbreaking science initiative aimed to reveal what opportunities lie below.
The society of the future will still need the earth’s mineral and energy resources, says former head of Geoscience Australia, CHRIS PIGRAM. But, with near-surface resources depleting, it’s time for the industry to take a giant leap and do things differently. Interview by JOHN MILLER
Deep thinking presents new opportunities
Technologies developed through CSIRO’s new Deep Earth Imaging research will deliver the best results with broad collaboration, says a leading industry geoscientist, JON HRONSKY, of Western Mining Services.
A new pool of young and diverse talent is being brought on board to tackle the next frontier in geoscience – Deep Earth Imaging. The vision is to build a start-up culture where risk-taking is encouraged, writes CSIRO’s DR MIKE MCWILLIAMS, the newly appointed platform leader.
A diverse pool of researchers have been brought together to integrate big data, materials, processing, sensors and robotics to deliver the underpinning science that will drive the next industrial revolution. ADAM COURTENAY reports
The ability to identify and access sustainable sources of water from deep underground will be critical for developing northern Australia and other arid regions of the country. TIM THWAITES reports
Lowering the cost of finding onshore and offshore oil and gas resources many kilometres below the surface is the focus of new research. TIM THWAITES reports
The data revolution will enable greater certainty and reduce risks in deep exploration. TIM THWAITES reports