The quality of EGRU research is internationally recognised and EGRU benefits from the skills of a team of committed and world-renowned researchers. Much of the research is carried out in collaboration with industry, and this collaboration fosters the rapid and effective application of cutting-edge research to the exploration and development of mineral resources.
Current research projects involving EGRU staff are summarised below. Summaries of recently completed projects can be viewed here.
In June 2014 EGRU launched a three-year $1.8m collaborative research project aimed at characterising and assessing the prospectivity of intrusion-related hydrothermal mineral systems in north-east Queensland. The project is a collaboration between EGRU researchers, the Geological Survey of Queensland (GSQ), and industry geoscientists.
The research project is funded by the GSQ (Department of Natural Resources and Mines, Queensland) under the Future Resources Program, and by a generous cash contribution from Evolution Mining.
The North-East Queensland Prospectivity Project consists of seven subprojects:
North East Queensland
Mt Carlton High Sulphidation Au Deposit
Mt Carbine W Deposit
Watershed W Deposit
Chillagoe District, NE Qld
The rare earth elements are regarded as the vitamins for modern industries and technologies. They form essential components of hybrid cars, high power magnets, solar cells, rechargeable batteries, turbines, lasers, and LCD and plasma displays, to name just a few. This project investigates the geological processes that mobilise and concentrate these elements in the Earths’ crust. The results will aid discovery of new ore deposits, which is essential to meet rapidly growing demand for these elements.
Mount Isa Inlier, Qld
Browns Range, Tanami Region, WA
Nolans Bore, NT
Yangibana, Gascoyne Province, WA
JCU, Townsville Campus
Australian National University, Canberra