11 January 2012
Mineral deposits linked to tectonic evolution
Scientists investigating Australia's significant mineral deposits believe they may be linked to the formation and break-up of supercontinents.
Geologist Dr David Huston says the history of supercontinents could indicate where large mineral, petroleum and coal deposits may be found in the future.
The evaluation of Australia's geology and geochronology, along with analysis of various data from seismic, airborne electromagnetic, radiometric, magnetotelluric, magnetic and gravity surveys has revealed a complex geological history over four billion years.