The South Australia Drill Core Reference Library hosts geological samples recovered from over 130 years of exploration for minerals and energy resources otherwise hidden beneath the land surface of South Australia. These irreplaceable samples represent valuable direct records of the geological materials retrieved from the depths of the crust, that will continue to be investigated and analysed by new generations of geologists in industry, research, education and government.
This facility and its collection is constantly evolving as it continues to receive new drill core samples from ongoing exploration programs as well as generating data from state-of-the-art ‘real time’, on site sample analysis capabilities. Drill cores can be viewed in a spacious core viewing hall as well as integrated with South Australia’s renowned geoscience data sets within an immersive 3D theatre. Conference, meeting and education facilities are also available.
The South Australia Drill Core Reference Library located at Tonsley is part of the Department for Energy and Mining.