A new map and atlas showing the different types of regolith found in the Northern Territory is now available to mineral explorers.
Containing new information about the blanket of soil, sediment and weathered rock, known as regolith that covers vast areas of the Territory, the map and atlas provide a new insight into the regolith geology of the Northern Territory.
The map and atlas are the culmination of almost three years of collaborative work between the Cooperative Research Centre for Landscape Environments and Mineral Exploration (CRC LEME) and the Department of Primary Industry, Fisheries and Mines’ Northern Territory Geological Survey (NTGS) .
CRC LEME Chief Executive Officer Dr Steve Rogers said the map and atlas contain the first comprehensive dataset of spatially located regolith information for any Territory and State in Australia.
“The Atlas contains more than 600 colour photographs, as well as geochemical data tables and particle size distribution diagrams of the major regolith materials found in the NT,” Dr Rogers said.
Project expertise was provided by CRC LEME partners Geoscience Australia and CSIRO , with NTGS participating in field work, data collection, project and logistical support.
NTGS Director Richard Brescianini said "The atlas and map are invaluable guides for mineral explorers considering the prospectivity of the largely under explored Northern Territory, much of which is covered by regolith.”
“The atlas and the regolith-landforms map will also be useful resources for land resource assessors, engineering geologists and environmental scientists working in the Territory,” Brescianini added.
Free copies of the electronic atlas can be ordered from NTGS.
Hard copies can be purchased from CRC LEME for $90 (incl GST).