Exploring for the Future

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As part of a wider Australian Government initiative to boost economic development in northern Australia, Geoscience Australia (GA) is leading the Exploring for the Future program in collaboration with State and Territory partners such as the Northern Territory Geological Survey to acquire data and build our knowledge of mineral, energy, and groundwater resources across the NT.

Between 2017 and 2020 several geoscience research projects will be working across northern Australia including:

  • Airborne electromagnetic surveys
  • Bore water testing
  • Borehole logging and hydraulic testing
  • Soil geochemistry
  • Magnetotelluric surveys
  • Seismic surveys
  • Stratigraphic drilling

The information collected from these surveys will be publicly available via the GA website.

Further information about Exploring for the Future can be found at www.ga.gov.au/ettf and enquiries can be made to eftf@ga.gov.au or 1800870 833 (Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm AEST).

An overview of current Exploring for the Future activities.

1 - AEM survey, East Kimberly7 - Southern Stuart Corridor AEM Survey13 - North Australia Geochemistry survey
2 - Solid geology map8 - Hydrogeochemistry sampling, Tennant Creek14 - Bore hole monitoring, Upper Burdekin
3 - AEM survey, Northern Stuart Corridor9 - AusLAMP survey15 - AEM survey, Galilee Basin
4 - AusAEM survey, Mt Isa to Tennant Creek 10 - Hydrogeochemistry sampling, McArthur Basin16 - AEM survey - Surat Basin
5 - Onshore drilling assessment, Mt Isa to Tennant Creek11 - South Nicholson gravity survey17 - Coompana drilling program
6 - AusARRAY survey, Mt Isa to Tennant Creek12 - South Nicholson seismic survey

Last updated: 27 March 2018