DATA from two new geophysical surveys will help stimulate mineral and energy exploration activity across Queensland and ultimately lead to more jobs in the industry, according to the Queensland Government.
The Department of Mines and Energy conducted a Croydon airborne magnetic and radiometric survey, which covered an area of 35,000 square km near Normanton in North West Queensland.
The survey was within the North West Queensland Mineral Province, which is said to be known for its current mining operations and promise of undiscovered mineral potential.
The Government said the other survey data released was the Cooper Basin South gravity survey, covering an area of 146,000 square km surrounding Jackson in South West Queensland.
The Cooper Basin South survey was the first gravity survey to be released under the Department’s new Smart Mining – Future Prosperity program.
This latest survey data has been acquired under the $39 million geoscience data acquisition phases of the Queensland Government’s $49 million Smart Exploration and Smart Mining – Future Prosperity programs running from 2005 to 2010.
Both programs are aimed at increasing exploration activity in the State.
The Department of Mines and Energy had also acquired data for the Westmoreland airborne magnetic and radiometric survey, which would be released to industry soon.
All geophysical survey data acquired for Queensland is released online at Geoscience Australia www.geoscience.gov.au/gadds as they become available or on DVD from firstname.lastname@example.org.