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Accelerated Discovery Initiative ¦ ExploreSA: The Gawler Challenge ¦ GSSA Discovery Day 2019

The world’s largest high-resolution airborne geophysical and terrain imaging program, the Gawler Craton Airborne Survey, aims to set the foundations for the next generation of resource industry growth and job creation in the services, supply and manufacturing sectors in South Australia.

The survey is being undertaken by the Government of South Australia in partnership with Geoscience Australia (GA).

New data release

In a new collaborative project between the Government of South Australia and CSIRO data packages containing analytic products and models of depth to prospective rocks are now available for download, facilitating informed mineral exploration.

All of the data and products can be downloaded by clicking on the map below. Survey regions with an asterisk* have data available.

About the Survey

The survey will capture approximately 1,660,000 line kilometres of new magnetic, radiometric and digital elevation data over an area of about 295,000 km2. This new data will surpass the current patchwork of historical surveys and provide a single, uniform dataset that will be fundamental in reinterpreting the geological structure of the Gawler Craton.

The geophysical data is being captured by a fixed-wing aircraft flying approximately 60m above the ground along flight lines spaced 200 m apart.

Find out more about geophysical data; what it is; why we need it; and how it is used.

Where the planes are flying

Geoscience Australia have contracted several airborne surveying companies to collect data over survey regions within the Gawler Craton. The map below shows the current progress of the survey.

The Gawler Craton Airborne Survey

What you need to do

The map on this page provides information about the survey regions and contractors, expected flight dates, and the latest flight plans. Clicking on a survey region displays survey information and a link that opens a new window with data downloads. Survey regions with available data are denoted with an asterisk *.

If you are located in the survey area and feel your animals may be affected please contact the survey contractor for your survey region.



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Survey enquiry contacts

Contractor directory

Laszlo Katona
Project Leader – Gawler Craton Airborne Survey
+61 8 8429 2530