Australia's mineral potential: new directions, innovative technology and diverse opportunities.
Australia’s mineral potential– new directions, innovative technology and diverse opportunities
When it comes to delivering the metals that will underpin the global transition to renewable energy, Australia is well positioned to be the global lead. At CSIRO, we aim to catalyse the journey for Australia to unlock this potential.
Footprints in the regolith: mineral exploration through the sand dunes
Soil, weathered rocks and shallow sediments (regolith) have a long history of providing clues to buried mineralisation, writes IAIN COPP
Pointing the way. Using new indicator minerals in the nickel hunt
Finding the next Kambalda, home of Australia’s sulfide nickel mining industry, will be a lot harder than the original discovery, but to aid the process a new indicator mineral exploration technique is emerging from CSIRO research. TIM TREADGOLD reports
Securing the mineral supply for batteries of the future
The batteries powering a decarbonised world will need millions of tonnes of minerals to make them, and yet many suitable resources are scarce. Manganese has emerged as a suitable and plentiful battery metal resource, but where are the best fit-for-purpose deposits? CSIRO researchers are working to discover the answers.
Finding hidden water in ancient palaeovalleys
Researchers have teamed up to uncover an ancient buried water source under the dry Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands in South Australia. AMY EDWARDS reports
Targeting gold undercover with geochemistry
A lack of exposure and poor understanding of the land has historically inhibited focused gold exploration in the Northern Territory. CSIRO researchers have developed the go-to geochemical vector tool to help exploration companies seeking gold undercover in the Territory’s vast Tanami region. LOUISE POBJOY writes
Finding the sweet-spot with aeromagnetics
The Nullarbor Plain is famous for having one of the longest straight roads in the world, but it is beneath the ground that new frontiers are beginning to open up. TIM CONNELL writes
New CSIRO project aims for rapid mineral analysis on Australian mining sites
It's the analytical technique that has been successfully used to study Martian terrain for almost ten years… and it's about to be deployed a little closer to home. RUTH DAWKINS reports
Smart science for a sustainable future on show
This year's Resources Innovation Showcase, held on 15 February in Fremantle, Western Australia, demonstrated CSIRO’s advances in science expertise, technology and innovation in mineral exploration for industry partners