Drilling down

A WORLD-first scientific drilling program has been launched that aims to build understanding of the evolution of the continent, provide clues about where to search for new mineral deposits and develop the next generation of mineral exploration technology.

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The first program under the National Drilling Initiative has begun in the Northern Territory.

Called the National Drilling Initiative, the Minex Cooperative Research Centre-run program will sample rocks from vast undercover and underexplored regions of Australia.