CSIRO Distal Footprints
In recognition of the potential of the Capricorn Orogen to host major deposits and the lack of major discoveries in the area CSIRO, in collaboration with multiple other organisations, has begun a plus $20 million study of the Capricorn Orogen to better understand the structural architecture and to develop tools to identify the distal footprints of giant ore deposits. Marindi Metals is an industry partner in this program and for two weeks in September 2014 CSIRO visited the site with a team of geoscientists. The footprints program has been running for 12 months and has another 4 years to travel. The first stage has been focussed on gathering data on regional and crustal size structures using geophysical techniques. Water, geobotanical and geochemical data gathered at Prairie Downs will become available in mid-year. The project is just starting to gather some momentum and the real benefits of Marindi Metals’ involvement will be seen over the next few years. Program geoscientists will also research MMG’s Abra Deposit, Northern Star’s Paulsen’s and Sandfire’s DeGrussa deposit.