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Geochemical mapping "down under"; selected results from pilot projects and strategy outline for the National Geochemical Survey of Australia

Patrice de Caritat, Megan E. Lech and Andrew A. McPherson
Geochemical mapping "down under"; selected results from pilot projects and strategy outline for the National Geochemical Survey of Australia
Geochemistry - Exploration, Environment, Analysis (November 2008) 8 (3-4): 301-312

Abstract

A series of regional pilot geochemical survey projects have been carried out in Australia over recent years. These pilot projects targeted a number of landscape and climate settings that are challenging for geochemical mapping, and applied increasingly lower sampling densities, from c. 1 site/300 km (super 2) to c. 1 site/ 2100 km (super 2) . Selected results are presented from pilot geochemical surveys in the Riverina, Gawler and Thomson regions, as well as results from modelling aimed at testing the robustness of ultra-low sampling densities in Australia. The salient conclusions are that: (1) geochemical surveys sampling surface and near-surface transported regolith are capable of identifying major lithologies and mineralization below the cover; and (2) a sampling strategy targeting outlet sediments of large catchments allows the application of ultra-low sampling densities in Australia. These findings overcome the main hurdles met by earlier attempts at designing a nation-wide geochemical survey. The strategy for the resulting National Geochemical Survey of Australia (NGSA) project, recently approved for funding under the Australian Government's Onshore Energy Security Initiative, is outlined. By 2011, the NGSA will produce a publicly available multi-element, internally consistent and state-of-the-art regolith geochemical database and atlas to support decision-makers.


ISSN: 1467-7873
EISSN: 2041-4943
Serial Title: Geochemistry - Exploration, Environment, Analysis
Serial Volume: 8
Serial Issue: 3-4
Title: Geochemical mapping "down under"; selected results from pilot projects and strategy outline for the National Geochemical Survey of Australia
Affiliation: Cooperative Research Centre for Landscape Environments and Minerals Exploration, Australia
Pages: 301-312
Published: 200811
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society Publishing House, London, United Kingdom
References: 61
Accession Number: 2008-110286
Categories: General geochemistry
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table, sketch maps
S36°00'00" - S28°00'00", E131°00'00" - E139°00'00"
Secondary Affiliation: Geoscience Australia, AUS, Australia
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States. Reference includes data from The Geological Society, London, London, United Kingdom
Update Code: 200840
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