Gold has had a long and famed history in Australia since the first gold rush in 1851. But maintaining its lustre in the face of declining new discoveries, poor quality ores, growing community expectations and environmental pressures, begs the question: will the next 170 years be as golden? CSIRO Mineral Resources director, JONATHAN LAW, writes
Land of golden soil
From gum leaves and termite mounds to CSIRO's latest breakthrough in ultra fine soil sampling – explorers are successfully using innovative tools to find new gold targets in Australia's covered landscape.
21st century gold
The world's second largest gold-producing nation is not only rich in mineral wealth, but a melting pot of ideas and innovation to transform the industry to meet 21st century challenges.
Next generation mining
MICHELLE ASH is a mineral resources industry leader in innovation and transformation who understands that people and processes enable technology to be harnessed. She has 25 years’ experience in mining, most recently as chief innovation officer at Barrick Gold, where she established a reputation for driving a more open, collaborative industry. Interview by TONY HESELEV
Capturing the power of a tornado in a tank, CSIRO’s Swirl Flow may offer a better performing agitation and mixing system for gold processing. Its benefits start right at the top for Fosterville Gold Mine where it’s being applied to improve safety.
Widening the search space
A new gold minerals systems approach that uses data analytics is shifting the exploration focus from individual deposits to larger-scale search areas in Western Australia.
A sensor to detect gold on-line while a processing plant is running opens up a real-time window for operators to monitor their product quality and capture value from going to waste.