Source to spectrum: Finding deposits beyond the Fe oxide-CU-Au envelope

  • Payne, Justin (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Hand, Martin Phillip (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Tomkins, Andrew (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Raimondo, Thomas (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Lilly, Richard (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Reid, Anthony J (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Dutch, Rian A (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Faure, Kevin (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Belperio, Antonio (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

The giant Olympic Dam Iron-oxide-Copper-Gold (IOCG) deposit has inspired exploration and research since its
discovery 40 years ago in the Gawler Craton. Associated with Olympic Dam is a fluid flow event that created a
vast, crustal-scale alteration system with the potential for local geological variation to result in a spectrum of
different mineral deposit types. Many of the deposit types (e.g. Pb-Zn, Au, iron sulphide-Cu-Au) are underexplored
for due to the lack of knowledge surrounding their formation. This project aims to constrain the source of
metal and fluids in these deposits, determine crustal fertility for deposit formation and develop a set of metal
specific 'prospectivity maps' to improve exploration efficiency.
Effective start/end date1/07/168/05/20


  • University of South Australia: A$79,026.00
  • Minotaur Exploration Limited: A$15,000.00
  • Fortescue Metals Group: A$60,000.00
  • Investigator Resources Ltd : A$10,000.00
  • Rex Minerals Ltd
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$225,000.00
  • Department for Industry, Innovation and Science (South Australia): A$210,000.00