The Canning Basin — a research focus

Scitech display showcases GSWA’s mapping prowess – full report in Fieldnotes.
Date: Friday, 06 March 2015

Canning Basin research highlighted in latest edition of Fieldnotes. 

The tectonic evolution and geosequestration potential of the Canning Basin are under the spotlight in the latest edition of Fieldnotes released by DMP’s Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA).

Fieldnotes looks at two recent studies funded by GSWA under the Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS) and carried out by the Centre for Petroleum and CO2 Sequestration at the University of Western Australia, and CSIRO Petroleum.

An assessment of tectonic events across the Canning Basin includes detailed interpretation of the Fitzroy Trough and is priority reading for explorers with an interest in petroleum, minerals, groundwater, geothermal energy, and carbon sequestration potential.

Fieldnotes reports that projects drilled with the support of the EIS Co-funded Exploration Drilling Program are showing significant economic and scientific results.

The publication also lists the successful applicants for Round 10 of the program which attracted 74 applications requesting $8.77 million in co-funding and resulted in grants totalling $4.69 million being offered to 41 projects, including seven prospector projects.

The publication also reports on a display at Scitech which showcases GSWA’s expertise and technology in the production of geological maps.

A highlight is a presentation of images that peels back Western Australia’s geology from its surface expression on Landsat and digital elevation modelling, through radiometric, magnetic and gravity datasets, to fully interpreted bedrock geology.

The display features images of state-of-the-art technology complemented by a spectacular specimen of banded iron-formation and a collection of field gear.

The GSWA show also includes a new State digital geology map and features a new release of the State 1:500 000-scale map of tectonic units.

The display at Scitech, in Sutherland Street, West Perth, is expected to run for a number of months.

Fieldnotes also reports on an update of the Kimberley Geological Information Series (GIS) 2014 that expands on previous releases, and now includes all published 1:250 000 geological maps to give coverage of the entire Kimberley region.

The Kimberley GIS package provides a single source of essential spatial datasets for use in mineral exploration, geological research and land use management

You can access your copy of Fieldnotes online, or if you require a hard copy, please contact