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West Coast GeoTrail

Western Tasmania has an exceptionally rich and diverse range of geological features in a small area, including folded and glaciated mountain ranges, ancient volcanoes, world class ore bodies, rare minerals, and ancient fossils. Here, the handiwork of the massive forces and landscape-forming processes of the "Living Earth" are evident in nearly every view. Rocks from all the major geological periods of Earth history are found here, and the region contains Australia's best examples of...

GIS for Geotechs Short Course

Empowering geotechnical practitioners with spatial data and tools to support geotechnical investigations Mineral Resources Tasmania (Department of State Growth) and Land Tasmania (Department of Primary Industries Parks, Water and Environment) in association with the Australian Geomechanics Society recently held  a one day training course in Hobart (February 15) and Launceston (February 23), specifically aimed at geotechnical practitioners. A link to the flyer outlining the course...

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...

Professor recognised for gravity separation advance in mining

ABC Rural - Babs McHugh In mining it's all well and good to dig up the good ore, but it needs to be processed to get the optimum yield. Part of that step is separating the valuable particles from the dross by using gravity. Gravity separation isn't new, it's been around for centuries, but an Australian scientist has developed the technology even further. Professor Kevin Galvin was one of the winners of this year's Clunies Ross science award for his Reflux Classifier. The...

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...