The Queensland Government has released new survey data which involved 900 kilometres of deep seismic reflection in the Mount Isa Inlier.
According to the Government, the data and its geological interpretation provided more detailed information on the deep structure and geology of the highly prospective North West Queensland Mineral Province.
The information was collected as part of the stage 1 Mount Isa deep crustal seismic survey during late 2006. The information includes areas of highly prospective rocks which host lead, zinc, copper and gold deposits.
Of special interest are deep fractures which may have acted as pathways for the hot fluids, which are responsible for the deposition of massive deposits such as Mount Isa, Cannington, Ernest Henry and Century base metal mines.
The research was a collaborative program involving Queensland Government scientists from the Geological Survey of Queensland and researchers from Geoscience Australia and the Predictive Mineral Discovery Cooperative Research Centre.
The Queensland Government has invested $1.25 million in the collection of the stage 1 seismic survey data in the Mount Isa region.