Change is afoot at MRT...

From a new website to a new department name, Mineral Resources Tasmania (MRT) sees exciting times ahead. Industry and the community provided valuable feedback on our old website and MRT has been working hard to put that feedback into practice with the launch of the new site. With a more contemporary look and feel, MRT delved into improving the navigation and content to enable easier access to geological information, maps, services, and much more. You may notice more changes over...

Current Exploration and Mining in Tasmania

For a small State, Tasmania packs a punch. One of the most highly and diversely mineralised areas in the world, its significant mineral deposits include: Metallic minerals of copper, gold, silver, iron, tungsten, tin, zinc, and non-metallic Industrial minerals of ultra-high purity silica flour, magnesite, limestone, dolomite, fluorite and coal Non-metallic construction materials of building stone, aggregate, gravel and sand   In May 2014, there were 561...

Tasmania's Geology

Mineral Resources Tasmania (MRT) is the State's agency for geoscientific data and investigations. Tasmania's geology is some of the most varied on Earth, with all geological periods from 1200 million years ago to the present day represented. These geological features are a major criterion for Tasmania's World Heritage Area listing. Hundreds of maps and publications produced over more than a century are now being supplemented with pre-competitive geophysical and geographic...

Exploration drilling breakthrough could save up to 85 per cent of costs

ABC Rural - Babs McHugh A breakthrough in drilling technology could slash costs by 85 per cent and help find much needed new mineral discoveries. It's been unveiled by the Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre DETCRC which is a collaboration with the CSIRO, the Federal Government and several mining companies. Only 20 per cent of Australia has been explored and the deposits found have been relatively close to the surface. The rest of it is deep down, known as...