The Adelaidean… But in New South Wales… What is that all about!?!
A MinEx CRC project looking at understanding the isolated Adelaidean rocks that form a salient in NSW. How do they relate to the SA rocks and what do they tell us about the Adelaide Superbasin?
The Adelaidean system is an amazing repository of earth history as the Pacific Ocean basin formed, the planet developed multicellular life and oxygen levels in the atmosphere reached values similar to today.
It stretches over a vast distance that includes the Broken Hill region of western NSW and both covers mineralisation targets and hosts potential targets itself. Despite this, very little work on these rocks have been done in the last forty years.
With a renewed interest in the prospectivity of the covered parts of the Broken Hill Block, and parallel research using modern and emerging techniques in the Adelaidean of SA, it’s stimulated this proposal to examine the detrital provenance and chemostratigraphy of the NSW Adelaidean in consort with the Geological Survey of NSW.