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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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.
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.
Recent releases for this project:
- Characterising and mapping alteration in the Punt Hill region; 3D data package and reports
- Eastern Gawler IOCG / Woomera Prohibited Area 3D map
- IOCG-style mineralisation in the central eastern Gawler Craton, SA; characterisation of alteration, geochemical associations and exploration vectors. Report Book 2013/00014
- Combined geochemistry spectral petrophysics data
- Emmie Bluff Regional 3D Geological Model
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 is being 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.
Solid geology mapping
Interpreted solid, or basement geology maps are a fundamental exploration dataset in regions of sedimentary cover, where exploration risk is high due to uncertainty in the geology beneath. The Eastern Gawler Craton is an area that has been the target of significant data acquisition in recent years, and has been incorporated into a revised solid geology map.
The area covered by this revised interpretation includes the Olympic Domain, a known copper-gold province, as well as a large region of the central Gawler Craton. The interpretation is for use at ~1:500 000 scale, and combines outcrop geology, drillholes and new interpretation of magnetic and gravity data. The solid geology map and spatial data is intended to represent crystalline basement stratigraphy, which is considered to be older than middle Mesoproterozoic in this region. This dataset marks the first use of several map units.
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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