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Improving our understanding of regional geology, alteration and mineralisation related to the ~1590Ma Hiltaba event within the highly prospective eastern Gawler Craton

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The Eastern Gawler Craton project includes the following modules:

GSSA Mineral Systems drill program

In collaboration with DET CRC and industry, the GSSA through the PACE Frontiers initiative, will carry out a regional drill program to map mineral systems under cover and test DET CRC technology and assess the benefit of a regional, multi-holed drill program to exploration. The program has strong links to the GSSA’s involvement in P3.4 of the Deep Exploration Technology Cooperative Research Centre (DET CRC). This collaboration will see the use of DET CRC technology during a regional drill program to enable real-time geochemical, mineralogical and geophysical data collection and the possibility for near real-time decision making. Data collected in the project will be used to improve methods of recognising 'near-miss' intersections and providing vectors to ore.

The Mineral Systems Drilling Program 2015

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Exploration vectors, alteration mapping and prospectivity modelling

During the formation of mineral deposits from hydrothermal systems, geochemical and mineralogical alteration of the host rocks is often extensive. The GSSA are developing methods for recognising and characterising key features of an alteration system through the integration of spectral, petrophysical and geochemical datasets. Our investigations involve drill core sampling and analysis, geochemical and spectral data interpretation, 3D mapping and modelling.

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Spectral characteristics of alteration systems

Systematic acquisition of spectral data on drill core with the HyLoggerTM is being used to map mineral variation around key mineral systems in the eastern Gawler. The mineralogy from spectra analysis will be integrated with other datasets to provide greater understanding of alteration and changing chemical environments within the mineral system, including the world-class Olympic Dam deposit.

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Solid geology mapping

Much of the Eastern Gawler Craton basement has extensive cover. The uncertainty regarding geological interpretation poses significant risk to exploration in the area. The solid geology interpretation of central Olympic Domain and NE Gawler Craton is being updated using new geophysical data and basement intersecting drillholes.

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Dating in the eastern Gawler

Targeted dating of mineral systems across the Eastern Gawler will support the development of models for the setting and formation of key lithostratigraphic units and mineral deposits through the application of isotope geochronology and related isotopic geological methods. Principal methods used are SHRIMP and LA-ICPMS geochronology, together with Lu-Hf, Sm-Nd and other isotope decay systems.

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For more information, contact:

Adrian Fabirs
Senior Geologist
+61 8 8463 3035