Airborne survey covers 43% of Victoria

Geoscience Australia has completed an airborne electromagnetic survey across western Victoria as part of its Exploring for the Future program.

Flying about six hours per day in lines spaced 20 kilometres apart, the survey travelled almost 5,000km to analyse 98,200 square kilometres of ground in Victoria and provide an overview of the region’s geological potential.

Eleven people were employed fulltime during the three-week survey.

Data from the survey will be publicly available from September 2021. The information gathered can help inform resource management and investment decisions.

The Exploring for the Future program is gathering data about the potential groundwater, mineral and energy resources beneath the surface. After a successful four-year program in northern Australia, the program is focusing on the southern half of the continent.

Airborne electromagnetic surveying involves using light aircraft fitted with specialist equipment to map variations in the electrical conductivity of the ground to a depth of several hundred metres.

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