Exploration: A glass earth
Unprecedented collaboration has brought together government, research institutes, universities and industry in a bold initiative to look through the regolith and uncover the next generation of Australia’s mineral wealth. Tony Heselev reports
International: The Chilean connection
The CSIRO Chile Centre of Excellence is the first offshore venture for CSIRO. Kathy Uribe investigates how Australia’s national science agency ended up in South America
New technologies: SLAM dunk
The ‘holy grail’ of practical and cost-effective 3D mobile mapping is now a reality. Maryrose Cuskelly reports
Mineral to metal: Gold (Au)
A soft and malleable metal, gold is an excellent conductor of heat and electricity and can be whitened by adding nickel or palladium
Industry engagement: Manufacturing success
A successful partnership with industry has led to the commercialisation of CSIRO’s Hylogging system. Jodie Parry investigates how this technology is revolutionising the exploration industry, in Australia and around the world
Collaboration: What lies beneath
The Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre is looking into faster and more sustainable ways to detect mineral deposits deeper underground. David Simpson reports
Feature break out: A golden discovery
Kentor Gold’s discovery of previously unexplored copper-gold zones at its Jervois project in the Northern Territory happened almost by chance. It was a case of the right people being in the right place to receive the right information. Adam Courtenay reports
International: New field of vision
An advanced detection system developed to accurately locate ore bodies is also used to find undetonated explosives. Tony Heselev reports
A brave new world
Tim Thwaites explores the modern world of sensors and sensor networks
International: Water rights
The challenge of operating in a dry climate with scarce water supplies is not unique to the Australian minerals industry. Tim Treadgold speaks with Dr Mike Trefry about water management in Chile.
Mineral to metal: Iron (Fe)
Iron is the second most common element on earth and is thought to be a major component of the earth’s crust and inner core.
High amp testing: Energy savings
Jodie Parry investigates an unlikely source of energy loss in the metal production industry - the humble electrical connection.