Age & basin evolution of the wild Central Officer Basin: far west SA

South Australian Officer Basin

South Australian Officer Basin

Immerse yourself in an adventurous project where valuable drill core samples from the west of the state will be investigated for age and provenance information.

This information will be vital for our understanding of the stratigraphy of this vast region and in developing the framework for petroleum and mineral exploration in this greenfield area.

The project will use samples from the Officer Basin which is the largest part of the immense Neoproterozoic Centralian Superbasin. It is by far the least known part, largely because it isn’t well exposed, and what is exposed is in a remote part of our country.

The project will be in collaboration with researchers in the South Australian Government and also in with the MinEx CRC that is tasked with a ten year program to improve mineral exploration under cover, such as this Proterozoic Basin.

The project will also integrate with on-going studies at Adelaide on other parts of the Neoproterozoic basin evolution of Australia.

The successful student applicant will be well placed to continue studying the Neoproterozoic evolution of the planet, to enter the petroleum or minerals industries or join a geological survey.

Prerequisites:

  • A credit average in the Geology major or equivalent.
  • Enthusiasm, a desire to learn, an open mind and an interest in being a good team player in a major research enterprise.

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