Industry & Resources

SALT- and acid-tolerant bacteria with the potential to be used in mining processing have been uncovered in the Wheatbelt.

DETAILED systematic surveys of large areas of the Nullarbor Plain have revealed a concentration of thousands of blowholes, flank margin caves and connected horizontal passages.

CURTIN University scientists have developed a gold and copper extraction process using an amino acid–hydrogen peroxide system, which could provide an environmentally friendly and cheaper alternative to conventional methods.

SOME years ago, the bitumen inclusions in rocks that often accompany petroleum gas deposits intrigued a CSIRO geologist.

RESEARCHERS are looking to nature for alternative methods to replace traditional chemical reagents used for the separation of arsenic from mineral ores during processing.

SCIENCE has solved a waste problem for a burgeoning mining company which has developed a unique technique to extract nickel from low grade ore.

AN INVESTIGATION into microbialites in Lake Clifton has found that stevensite, a mineral similar to one found on Mars, can be created via the mineralisation of microbes.

A NEW survey shows the Oscar Ranges in the West Kimberley to be partially buried—and is yet to verify where the Kimberley and West Australian Cratons are joined.

A GREENFIELDS exploration has confirmed that present-day Kalgoorlie is close to an ancient coastline.

GEOLOGISTS are working to develop tools to help choose iron ore exploration sites throughout the Yilgarn Craton, which comprises much of WA’s Goldfields.

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