Exploration Incentive Scheme co-funded drilling Round 18 opening soon

Drilling in the Eucla. Image courtesy Gunson Resources Ltd
Drilling in the Eucla. Image courtesy Gunson Resources Ltd

The next round of co-funded drilling (Round 18) will open for a six-week application period, starting on Friday 24 August and closing at 5pm WST on Friday 5 October 2018. Round 18 is for drilling between 1 January and 31 December 2019. Advice, guidelines and a copy of the co-funding agreement can be found at www.dmp.wa.gov.au/eisdrilling

For more information, contact Charlotte Hall, EIS coordinator charlotte.hall@dmirs.wa.gov.au

Have your say on draft amendments to guidelines for mineral exploration reports

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) has released proposed amendments to the Guidelines for Mineral Exploration Reports on Mining Tenements.

The Guidelines are designed to assist holders of mining tenements in Western Australia in the preparation and submission of mineral exploration reports that comply with section 115A of the Mining Act 1978.
The proposed amendments include:

More information, including a complete copy of the Guidelines with proposed amendments, is available on the department's consultation page. Comments close on 30 September 2018.

Free database and online systems training — only November sessions left for 2018

Learnwa map how to access geoscience data online and understand the department’s systems at these FREE training courses.

Systems include:

A desktop computer will be available for each participant.


The Perth training has been divided into two sessions: for mining companies/geologists (morning), and for prospectors (afternoon).


The Kalgoorlie training is open to anyone (full day).

To register for the Perth and Kalgoorlie sessions, email publications@dmirs.wa.gov.au. Please include your details (name, company name, telephone number), with the name, location and date of the training you wish to attend. For the Perth sessions, please indicate whether you wish to attend the mining companies/geologist (morning) or prospector (afternoon) training.

Flashback sale — special 50% discount for premium publications — while stocks last!

DMIRS is offering its premium publications backlist for a limited time at a discount of 50% off the original advertised price. Act now to get some huge geological bargains while stocks last!

The cover of Bulletin 146 The geology of Shark Bay Discovery trails to early Earth Geology and landforms of the Perth region Guidebook to the geology of Rottnest Island cover Cover of the book Cover of The birth of supercontinents Cover of the book

Bulletin 145 Devonian reef complexes – current price $50 – discounted price $25
Bulletin 146 The geology of Shark Bay – current price $70 – discounted price $25
Discovery trails to early Earth – current price $25 – discounted price $15
Geology and landforms of the Perth Region – current price $22 – discounted price $11
Guidebook to the geology of Rottnest IslandFREE
The birth of supercontinents – current price $33 – discounted price $15
Australia goes it alone – current price $33 – discounted price $15
A Paleozoic perspective of WA – current price $33 – discounted price $15
MRB 15 Lead, zinc and silver deposits of Western AustraliaFREE
MRB 16 Talc, pyrophyllite and magnesite in Western AustraliaFREE
MRB 17 Barite and fluorite in Western AustraliaFREE
MRB 18 Limestone and limesand resources of Western AustraliaFREE
MRB 19 Kaolin in Western AustraliaFREE
MRB 20 Bentonite, attapulgite, and common clays in Western AustraliaFREE
MRB 21 Silica resources of Western AustraliaFREE
MRB 22 Tantalum in Western AustraliaFREE

To buy any of these publications, please email bookshop@dmirs.wa.gov.au. Shipping costs will be added to the discounted price.

Product spotlight: The ‘Black Monolith’ resurfaces

Product spotlight: The ‘Black Monolith’ resurfaces
Asymmetric intrafolial folding modified by bounding flexural slip, Ophthalmia Orogeny, E Deposit, looking east

This Report, known as ‘The Black Monolith’ and recently republished as GSWA Report 185, collates a number of detailed mapping programs carried out by BHP in the Hamersley province on its tenement holdings at Mining Area C, Mudlark Well and Weeli Wolli, between 1994 and 2001. The mapping covers some 590 km2 at scales ranging from 1:5000 to 1:20 000. Data and interpretations of the stratigraphy, structure and tectonic evolution of the area constitute one of the most comprehensive reports on this economically important region.

The work is a summary of the stratigraphy of the Mount Bruce Supergroup, in this area, from the upper part of the Fortescue Group to the top of the overlying Hamersley Group. It described the mineralisation and structure of the region and outlines the main controlling factors on the tectonic evolution of the Hamersley Basin within the context of the regional ideas at the time of writing.

‘The Black Monolith’ has been widely cited by those working on the world-class iron ore deposits of the Hamersley Basin, and remains an important record of the geology of the Hamersley province that deserves to be placed in the public domain.
Download GSWA Report 185 The mapped stratigraphy and structure of the Mining Area C region, Hamersley province.

New releases

Report 178 A seismic interpretation of the southwestern Canning Basin, Western Australia
by Y Zhan
Includes three plates and an accompanying data file:
Plate 1. Two-way time and average velocity to significant seismic horizons
Plate 2. Depth below mean sea level and surface to significant seismic horizons
Plate 3. Isopach maps of the pre-Permian and Permian strata                                

Report 185 The mapped stratigraphy and structure of the Mining Area C region, Hamersley province
by Kepert, DA
Report 186 Building the Archean continental crust: 300 Ma of felsic magmatism in the Yalgoo dome (Yilgarn Craton)
by Clos F, Weinberg, R and Zibra, I
Report 187 Detection and identification of rare earth elements using hyperspectral techniques
by Morin-Ka, S

Record 2018/3 Regolith chemistry of the Ngururrpa area, northeastern Western Australia
(includes an accompanying data file)                                                     
by Morris, PA, de Souza Kovacs, N and Scheib, AJ
Record 2018/4 A new Mesoproterozoic mafic intrusive event in the Capricorn Orogen
by Blay, OA, Johnson, SP, Wingate, MTD, Thorne, AM, Kirkland, CL, Tessalina, SG and Cutten, HN
Record 2018/7 3rd Lithosphere workshop, 5–6 November 2017, The University of Western Australia
compiled by Gorczyk, W and Gessner, K                              
Record 2018/9 The tectonothermal evolution of a portion of the southern Fraser mobile belt, Western Australia
by Standing, JG                                                                                 
Record 2018/10 Geochemistry of Archean granitic rocks in the South West Terrane of the Yilgarn Craton
by Smithies, RH, Lu, Y, Gessner, K, Wingate, MTD and Champion, DC

Explanatory Notes System online
Hamersley Group                                                                               
Murchison 2018
Eastern Zone, Lamboo Province, Kimberley
Available at www.dmp.wa.gov.au/ens

Ninghan, WA Sheet SH 50-7

Macdonald, WA Sheet SF 52-14                             
Lansdowne, WA Sheet SE 52-5 (2nd edition)             

Interpreted regolith–landform geology of the Ngururrpa area, northeastern Western Australia        
Compilation of geochronology information, 2018                                      

Compilation of HyLogger records, 2018
by Duuring, P

Compilation of WAROX data, 2018                                                        

East Yilgarn, 2018                                                                              

Fortescue–Hamersley, 2018                                                                 

Merlinleigh Sub-basin: 3D Geomodel Series                                            

Mount Brockman Syncline (Hamersley Basin), 3D Geomodel Series
by Murdie, RE and Gessner, K

Theia 1 core atlas                                                                               

Western Australian Information for APPEA 2018, Adelaide

For products without links, please check online soon at www.dmp.wa.gov.au/ebookshop

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