Industry & Resources

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.

A LOCAL mining company has begun gold production in New South Wales as a part of a $166 million project boosted by advanced numerical modelling by CSIRO scientists to increase gold-finding efficiency.    

MOBILE jack-up drilling platforms used in the oil and gas industry are at risk of rejection before installation due to their use in harsher environments and deeper waters—but University of WA scientists have developed a model that will remove uncertainty and minimise risk, potentially widening their operating envelope.

TECHNOLOGY developed in Australia is allowing drillers to detect rock formations deep in the earth and simultaneously survey the borehole—all during the drilling process.

THE world has enough natural gas to last nearly 400 years at the current rate of consumption or 110 years if production increases at a rate of two per cent a year, according to a Curtin University study.

A METALLURGIST based at Curtin University has helped develop a hydrometallurgical method of extracting gold, palladium and platinum from crushed ores using bacteria and chemical leaching.

A GROUP of geologists working for the Geological Survey of Western Australia has confirmed a long-standing belief that most of the Yilgarn Craton has a similar crustal architecture.

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