100 Km Depth 3-D Geophysical Model Of South Australia Launched

100 Km Depth 3-D Geophysical Model Of South Australia Launched

Acting South Australia Minister for Mineral Resources John Rau

New Tool Uncovers South Australia’s Geophysical Data To A Depth Of 100 Km

Victor P Taffa

A landmark three-dimensional geophysical model that takes in the whole of South Australia to a depth of 100 km was launched today.

“This research tool is yet another way the State Government is supporting our resources sector to make new discoveries and unlock investment and jobs for our State.” Acting Minister for Mineral Resources John Rau said.

The South Australian Geophysical Reference Model allows users to bring to life the state’s vast resource data sets of geological landscapes.

The model draws on the state’s countless geo-data sets, enabling users to view different attributes on cross-sections of the earth.

“This valuable new research and exploration tool is world-class. A tool such as this is indispensable for addressing the modern exploration challenges of finding significant new deposits at depth, under cover, or in complex settings.” Assistant Minister Chris Picton said.

By better defining the geological setting, the model can help exploration companies to make informed decisions to better target exploration programs, taking them closer to making new discoveries.


The model was developed in collaboration between the Department of State Development, the University of Adelaide, Geoscience Australia and the Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre and aligns with the national UNCOVER initiative.

Exploration companies can take advantage of the capabilities of this new model by viewing it at the Holloway Geoscience 3D Theatre at the South Australia Drill Core Reference Library at Tonsley.

The model makes a significant contribution to the national UNCOVER geo-initiative, by better understanding the volume of earth between the Upper Mantle and the earth’s surface.

UNCOVER Initiative

The purpose of the UNCOVER initiative is to focus Australia’s relevant geoscience effort on providing the knowledge base and technology that will substantially increase the success rate of mineral exploration beneath post-mineralisation cover in Australia.