The model will provide explorers with added insight into the eastern Gawler Craton, which encompasses the highly prospective Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA).
The WPA is estimated to contain more than $A35 billion worth of new copper, iron ore, gold and uranium projects.
South Australian Mines Minister Tom Koutsantonis said the model would give explorers a unique new look at the region.
“This 3D model brings together data sets from our Plan for Accelerating Exploration (PACE) programs from the past decade along with more than 100 years of data from government, scientific and industry contributors,” he said.
“It will reveal new insights into the geology and mineral systems of the Gawler Craton, reducing business risk for explorers by improving their target selection and allowing them to conduct more cost-effective exploration drilling.
“It is a very powerful tool that will stimulate discovery and drive exploration dollars further in the eastern Gawler Craton iron oxide-copper-gold belt.”
Creation of the model was led by the Geological Survey of South Australia in partnership with the University of Adelaide and the Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre, with data also drawn from Geoscience Australia and universities across the country.
The model is available online through the South Australian Resource Information Geoserver.