Geological framework of the McArthur Basin zinc province

Lower McArthur Basin

Unravel the stratigraphy and mineral prospectively of the McArthur Basin.

The McArthur Basin of northern Australia hosts some of the largest zinc deposits in the world as well as significant lead, silver and copper targets.

Todd River Resources and the Northern Territory Geological Survey have recently drilled 1.5 km of core through the prospective Batten Fault Zone. The successful student applicants for these projects will work with these two organisations and the McArthur Basin team here at the University of Adelaide within the MinEx Cooperative Research Centre to unravel the stratigraphy and mineral prospectively of this region.

The two projects will be:

  • Sulphides, organic matter and base metal mineralisation in the Wollogorang and Mallapunyah Formations.
  • Both of these units have some sulphide content, have potential for Sedex-like base metal mineralisation. In this project, the student will test the metal and alteration indices as well as examine the redox state of the shales and metal sources.
  • Detrital and chemostratigraphy of the basal McArthur Basin. the Wollogorang Formation (Tawallah Group) and the Mallapunyah Formations (McArthur Group) –have evidence of base metal mineralisation, yet their stratigraphy and correlation is poorly known. This project will work on new core to unravel the age and correlations in the Todd River Resources McArthur prospect.

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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