Special report on Western Australia’s ‘earthquake man’.
|Date:||Thursday, 29 October 2015|
The Spring edition of Western Australia’s international resources development magazine Prospect is now available in hard copy form and online.
Harnessing the power of earthquakes to see into the depths of the earth’s crust is the subject of a feature article on the work of Western Australia’s “earthquake man”, Dr Huaiyu Yuan.
This scientific marvel helping explorers discover hidden ore deposits is a vital part of the mammoth $16 million Capricorn Distal Footprints project.
The project’s scope is breathtaking — effectively creating a 3D model of a 25,000 square kilometre area that is 250 km deep and extending from the crust into the upper mantle.
There is also a special report on a “win-win” partnership between the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) and industry.
DMP geologists recently worked on the rig drilling Finder Exploration’s Theia-1 exploration well targeting the Goldwyer III shale in Western Australia’s Canning Basin.
The company benefited from the special skills of the DMP geologists and the department had immediate low-cost access to fresh core samples.
In another article, Prospect reports on proof that a “trapped continent” the size of Japan embedded in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia could hold buried treasure in the form of gold deposits.
Seismic surveys by the Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA), funded through the Exploration Incentive Scheme, have confirmed the theory of a micro-continent trapped two billion years ago between tectonic plates.
The Glenburgh Project gold deposit about 250 kilometres east of Carnarvon was originally discovered in 1994 but not developed, and now project owner Gascoyne Resources has identified a resource of more than 1 million ounces of gold.
GSWA geologists are also involved in another report on a special technique, developed by Curtin University Professor Birger Rassmussen, to analyse ultra-thin rock slices to accurately date minerals.
Prospect also looks at:
- Milestones achieved in the development of the Browse Floating Liquid Natural Gas project.
- The latest petroleum acreage releases.
- Generation of high-purity Lithium in a Perth trial.
- The release of the State Government’s regulatory framework to guide shale and tight gas development in Western Australia.
- How research is tackling the risks of storing mine tailings.
To read these stories and more, visit Prospect online.
For subscriptions to receive hardcopies, contact Gerard O’Neill on +61 8 9222 3821.