Forthcoming geophysical data releases

Thursday 30 July 2015 after 0900 AWST (UTC +8)
Ngururrpa 2015 gravity survey — final data

Final data from the regional ground gravity survey Forthcoming geophysical data releases (2.5 km grid) completed in June 2015 will be available from the GSWA website on the Latest Geophysical Surveys page.

Point-located (‘vector’) data and grids can be downloaded free of charge from the Geophysical Archive Data Delivery System (GADDS) or purchased on disk from Geoscience Australia.

Forthcoming geophysical data releases

Access to previously released geophysical data

Image data from previous geophysical releases can be found on our Regional Geophysical Surveys page. Digital located and grid data can be purchased on media from Geoscience Australia or downloaded free of charge through the Geophysical Archive Data Delivery System (GADDS).

Most recent geophysical data releases

Date Survey Data status
11 Feb 2015 1:250K map sheet images (gravity) Re-published
17 Dec 2014 Sir Samuel – Throssell 2014 gravity (R1018) Final
10 Nov 2014 1:250K map sheet images (TMI, KUT) Re-published
21 Oct 2014 WA magnetic anomaly grid (20 m) v1

Petroleum Open Day — Friday 4 September 2015

Petroleum Open Day — Friday 4 September 2015

Find out what is going on with onshore petroleum now and in the future in Western Australia. An exhibition featuring Department of Mines and Petroleum activities and information relevant to the petroleum and geothermal industries will be provided by staff from Petroleum Division and the Geological Survey of Western Australia.

Event Details

Date:        Friday, 4 September 2015
Time:        8.30 am – 4.30 pm
Venue:      Esplanade Hotel
Location:   Fremantle
Cost:         $110

Contact Details

Contact:     Kaye Smith, Petroleum Division
Phone:        08 9222 3273

Additional Information

Go to this link to REGISTER NOW

For more information, see Petroleum & Geothermal.

Please see the Petroleum Open Day Brochure.

Eucla basement stratigraphic drilling — results release

The Eucla basement stratigraphic drilling program, funded through the Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS), was established to investigate the greenfields Madura and Coompana basement provinces that lie between the Albany–Fraser Orogen and Gawler Craton, beneath up to 500 m of cover rocks in the Bight and Eucla Basins, Western Australia.

The workshop will include presentations from the Geological Survey of Western Australia, Curtin University and First Drilling.

Topics include:

Date:          Thursday 10 September 2015
Time:          8.30 am – 5.00 pm
Venue:        Hyatt Hotel
Location:    East Perth
Cost:           FREE but registration is essential
To register contact Deenikka Preedy ( or 9222 3634. Please also indicate whether you wish to attend the public core viewing of representative sections on Monday 14 September 2015, at the Perth Core Library, Carlisle

The schedule of presentations is available for download on the DMP website. Short abstracts will be available on the day, and will be posted on the website afterwards.

Eucla basement stratigraphic drilling — results release

Eucla basement stratigraphic drilling — results release

Spotlight on a product

Western Australia atlas of mineral deposits and petroleum fields 2015
compiled by
RW Cooper, PB Abeysinghe, CA Strong, LJ Day and F Irimies

Spotlight on a product This atlas shows the location of Western Australia’s mineral deposits and petroleum fields, set against a background of simplified geology and cadastral information. The publication is an update of the ‘Western Australia atlas of mineral deposits and petroleum fields 2013’.
In this edition, significant changes have been made to the layout of the atlas. The first pages have been changed from 1:2.5 M to 1:2.2 M scale double-page spreads with insets removed. Larger-scale 1:1 M inset pages, again as double-page spreads, have been produced and placed after all the pages from which they are extracted.

This publication draws together data from a number of sources. The minerals and construction materials information comes from the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) ‘Mines, mineral deposits, and prospects’ database (MINEDEX). The atlas includes major mining-related infrastructure sites captured in MINEDEX, i.e. nickel, alumina, and silicon smelters or refineries but does not display MINEDEX prospects, exploration targets, occurrences, geological observations, most infrastructure types (excluding the smelters and refineries), or the Inventory of Abandoned Mines (WABMINES) mine features.

Information on petroleum fields in Western Australia (onshore and in State Waters), and for adjacent offshore waters controlled by the Commonwealth, is derived from a variety of sources, including DMP’s ‘Western Australian petroleum and geothermal information management system’ database (WAPIMS) and the Petroleum and Geothermal section of DMP’s website. Only major fields are shown, and are identified by a representative well for that field.

A total of 19 344 sites are plotted in this atlas, only some of which display commodity abbreviations. The names of about 10% of those sites (1999 sites) are printed on the maps and appear in the index pages, with priority given to operating mines and larger deposits. More site name information, including commodities, is provided on the 1:1 M scale maps. All petroleum fields are named, and construction material sites belonging to the subset of ’Dimension stone’ are also named and given the full symbol size. Commodity groups are also arranged alphabetically on both the Atlas Reference and Commodity Group index pages.

The index categorizes named sites by their stage of development, using ‘o’ for operating sites and those currently being developed for commercial production, ‘u’ for undeveloped deposits and proposed mines, and ‘c’ representing closed operations, including historic mine sites and those currently under care and maintenance as at January 2015. On the maps, named operating sites appear in bold and black, whereas closed or undeveloped named sites are shown in dark grey. Commercial ownership of named sites (and projects) is also listed in the index. Historic mine sites are not linked to current projects, so commercial ownership is left blank. Mineral commodities, ownership, stage of development, and location of each site have been extracted from the MINEDEX database, which is continually being updated. Digital downloads or live web-based enquiries, including an up-to-date extract of these map-specific data, are available from Online systems.

The atlas is available as a free download or you can pick up a free hard copy from the information counter from the first floor of Mineral House.

Further information
Further enquiries as to the status of the sites and projects included in this publication can be made by sending an email to The locations and status of petroleum and non-mineral downstream processing operations can also be viewed on DMP’s annually updated Major Resource Projects map. Up-to-date information on Western Australian petroleum fields (onshore and in State-controlled waters) is available from the Petroleum Division of DMP. Field data for offshore Commonwealth-controlled waters is current as of mid-2012; enquiries for the latest information on fields in offshore waters should be addressed to the National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator (NOPTA) at, or to Geoscience Australia (

GSWA database training 2015 — Perth and Kalgoorlie

The Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA) offers FREE training in its databases and online systems. The training is in the form of a presentation with hands-on interaction in most systems.

GSWA database training 2015 — Perth and Kalgoorlie

Topics include:

The Perth training has been divided into separate sessions: one for prospectors, and one for mining companies/geologists.
Venue: Mineral House, 100 Plain Street, East Perth

The Kalgoorlie training is open to anyone.
Venue: Room 102 (computer lab), Goldfields Institute of Technology, Centre for Engineering and Mining Training (CEMT), Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame, Kalgoorlie

To register for this free training, send an email to including your details (name, company name, telephone number), with the location and date of the training you wish to attend.
More information .

New releases

1:100 000 GEOLOGICAL SERIES MAPS                                      
Cardawan, WA Sheet 2748
by Blay, OA and Thorne, AM                              
Golden Point, WA Sheet 4246
by Quentin De Gromard, R, Howard, HM, and Smithies, RH                    
Kearney, WA Sheet, 4557                                                   
by Eacott, GR and de Souza Kovacs, N                              
Lake Percy, WA Sheet, 2934                                  
by Romano, SS                                                             
Lewis, WA Sheet, 4657                                                      
by Eacott, GR and de Souza Kovacs, N                              
Richenda, WA Sheet 3963
by Phillips, C, de Souza Kovacs, N, and Hollis, JA                 
Towera, WA Sheet 1951
by Korhonen, FJ, Johnson, SP, Krapf, CAB, and Scheib, AJ                     

1:250 000 GEOLOGICAL SERIES MAPS                                      
Prince Regent — Camden Sound, WA Sheet SD 51-16 and part of Sheet SD 51-15      
by Phillips, C and de Souza Kovacs, N

1:500 000 State interpreted bedrock geology of Western Australia, 2014
1:500 000 tectonic units of Western Australia, 2015
1:500 000 orogenic events of Western Australia, 2015

Regionally significant basic raw materials, Carnarvon
Regionally significant basic raw materials, Dongara–Denison
Regionally significant basic raw materials, Geraldton                
Regionally significant basic raw materials, Green Head – Jurien Bay
Regionally significant basic raw materials, Leeman–Eneabba
Regionally significant basic raw materials, Northampton
Regionally significant basic raw materials, Wedge Island – Dandaragan
Regionally significant basic raw materials, Exmouth
Basic raw materials, Geraldton – Mullewa                              
Basic raw materials, Green Head – Three Springs                                     
Basic raw materials, Morowa–Perenjori                                 
Basic raw materials, Northampton–Kalbarri                            

Iron ore deposits of the Pilbara region 2015
by Cooper, RW                                                             
Iron ore deposits of the Yilgarn Craton 2015                           
by Cooper, RW                                                             

GEOLOGICAL INFORMATION PACKAGES                                   
East Yilgarn, 2015: Geological Information Series       
South Yilgarn, 2015: Geological Information Series     
West Musgrave, 2015: Geological Information Series

Compilation of geochronology, 2015                        
Iron ore deposits of the Pilbara region, 2015             
Basic Raw Materials, Midwest and Gascoyne 2015

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