Skip navigation
Back to News 22 August 2016

New tool uncovers South Australia’s geophysical data to a depth of 100km

New tool uncovers South Australia’s geophysical data to a depth of 100km

A landmark three-dimensional geophysical model that takes in the whole of South Australia to a depth of 100km was launched today.

The South Australian Geophysical Reference Model allows users to bring to life the state’s vast resource data sets of geological landscapes.

The model draws on the state’s countless geo-data sets, enabling users to view different attributes on cross-sections of the earth.

By better defining the geological setting, the model can help exploration companies to make informed decisions to better target exploration programs, taking them closer to making new discoveries.


The model was developed in collaboration between the Department of State Development, the University of Adelaide, Geoscience Australia and the Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre and aligns with the national UNCOVER initiative.

Exploration companies can take advantage of the capabilities of this new model by viewing it at the Holloway Geoscience 3D Theatre at the South Australia Drill Core Reference Library at Tonsley, or by downloading online.

The model makes a significant contribution to the national UNCOVER geo-initiative, by better understanding the volume of earth between the Upper Mantle and the earth’s surface.

Acting Mineral Resources Minister John Rau

This research tool is yet another way the State Government is supporting our resources sector to make new discoveries and unlock investment and jobs for our State.

The mineral resources industry has huge potential for growth and by equipping companies with the tools they need and providing exploration funding through the PACE program we can help realise that potential.

Assistant Minister Chris Picton

This valuable new research and exploration tool is world-class. A tool such as this is indispensable for addressing the modern exploration challenges of finding significant new deposits at depth, under cover, or in complex settings.

This is the first time a model of this size, complexity and richness of geophysical data has been produced for the whole of South Australia, and it is another example of how the government ensures that explorers have access to the most sophisticated tools to facilitate their operations in this state.


Stay up to date with the latest news, developments events and activities at Tonsley Innovation District