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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?

Adelaidean Rocks

Adelaidean rocks outcropping at Fowlers Gap, NSW.

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.

This project is a part of the MinEx CRC, the world's largest mineral exploration collaboration bringing together industry, government and research organisations. You will also be part of the Tectonics and Earth Systems (TES) Research Group in the School of Physical Sciences.


 

Professor Alan Collins

Supervisors

Professor Alan CollinsDr Morgan Blades, Professor Chris Clark and Phil Gilmore

Research area: Mineral and energy systems, Tectonics and solid earth processes

Recommended honours enrolment: Honours in Geology

Tagged in Honours projects - Geology, Honours Projects - Alan Collins, Honours Projects - Morgan Blades

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Whether you're still at high school or planning to join us mid-year, taking a break from study or rethinking your career path, come chat with us at our STEM Careers Night.

You and your parents are invited to join us on campus on Tuesday 18 May 2021 to see what’s available in the world of STEM.

STEM Careers Night