Investigation of partial leach soil surveys at the Tunkillia Gold prospect, SA (.pdf 9.8Mb, opens in new window)
Report Book 2010/01
GOMA basement drilling program, northern Gawler Craton (.pdf 22.5Mb, opens in new window)
Rian Dutch, Marc B Davies and Mark Flintoft
Report Book 2010/2
The Maitland Special Explanatory Notes have been released following the publication of the Maitland Special 1:250 000 Geological Map in 2003.
The map area includes the historic Moonta Wallaroo mineral field and covers the major part of South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula. The rocks in the map area comprise deformed Palaeoproterozoic and early Mesoproterozoic basement of the southeastern Gawler Craton, and undeformed Neoproterozoic to Quaternary sediments. More than 90% of the land surface of the map area is covered by Quaternary sand dunes, calcrete, aeolianite and soil.
The 1:250 000 Maitland Special Explanatory Notes and a copy of the map can be purchased from the Customer Services Centre.
Exploration activity is reaching record levels in the Gawler Craton stimulated most recently by the SA Government's commitment to exploration through the PACE Initiative.
One area attracting a great amount of interest is the southern margin of the Gawler Ranges. The area already hosts a number of mineral prospects including the Menninnie Dam base metal project and the Barnes, Weednanna and Baggy Green gold prospects.
The 1:250 000 YARDEA Geological Map was originally published in 1988 however, at the time, no explanatory notes were released. Ex-PIRSA geologists, A. J. Parker and R. J. Flint (then of Geosurveys Australia Pty Ltd) were engaged to produce the accompanying YARDEA Explanatory Notes. Their initial version was only ever available as an internal draft and received extensive modification and revision by PIRSA geologists.
The 1:250 000 YARDEA Explanatory Notes are now complete and available in digital format.
The YARDEA Explanatory Notes and the 1:250 000 YARDEA map can be purchased from the Customer Services Centre.
As part of a significant effort to improve the availability of geochronological data generated by PIRSA and its collaborative partners, PIRSA is pleased to announce the release of the Report Book - Crustal Evolution of the Gawler Craton, South Australia: Application of the TerraneChron® technique to detrital zircon from modern stream sediments. This product is a result of integrated research between GEMOC and PIRSA (co-authored by Anthony Reid of the Geological Survey Branch).
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The Guide to the sedimentary cover of the Central Gawler Craton, South Australia (with special emphasis on the Harris Greenstone Belt region) is a report book prepared by Geological Survey Branch geologists Paul Rogers (now retired) and Wenlong Zang.
This report book will serve as a valuable resource for mineral exploration through and within the cover of the central Gawler Craton. Many of the presented concepts can be applied to the other areas of this geological province.
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The workshop included the release of results and data from the Gawler Seismic Survey done in the Olympic Cu-Au province in June-July 2003. Information or figures used from the following presentations must be acknowledged in the proper scientific manner.
For example: Schwarz, M., 2004. The Harris Greenstone Belt: an overview and Harris Greenstone Belt GIS. In: Gawler Craton: State of Play 2004. Office of Minerals and Energy Resources, South Australia. Department of Primary Industries and Resources. Workshop Proceedings.
Welcome and Introduction (.pdf 4.3Mb) Paul Heithersay, PIRSA
Overview of current tectonic models (.pdf 1.5Mb) Martin Hand, Adelaide University
The Gawler Craton in its global tectonic setting: implications for mineral systems (.pdf 631.1kb) Peter Betts, Monash University
EMPA chemical dates of shear zones (.pdf 2.3Mb) Greg Swain, Adelaide University
Mineral potential of the Fowler Domain, western Gawler Craton (.pdf 2.1Mb) Martin Fairclough, PIRSA, Chris Drown, Adelaide Resources & Sue Daly, PIRSA
Heavy mineral sands in the Eucla Basin (.pdf 4.2Mb) Baohong Hou, PIRSA
Menninnie Dam Zn-Pb-Ag prospect: the Terramin approach (.pdf 707.1kb) John Anderson, Terramin Australia Ltd
Focussed on exploration success in South Australia (.pdf 1.6Mb) Allan Kelly, Avoca Resources Ltd
The Prominent Hill Cu-Au project (.pdf 637.5kb) Tony Belperio, Minotaur Resources Ltd
New evidence linking gold systems in the central Gawler Craton: alteration, mineralisation and fluids (.pdf 311.9kb) Andreas Schmidt-Mumm, Adelaide University & Roger Skirrow, Geoscience Australia
Summary of Adelaide Resources activities in the Gawler Craton (.pdf 548.9kb) Chris Drown, Adelaide Resources Ltd
A geological overview of the Olympic Domain (.pdf 958.4kb) Michael Schwarz, PIRSA
Detailed basement interpretation – OD2 (6 s data) (.pdf 1.3Mb) Martin Fairclough, PIRSA
Cover successions: Stuart Shelf to Adelaide Geosyncline transition (.pdf 1.3Mb) Wolfgang Preiss, PIRSA