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The current generation precompetitive geoscience initiative operated by the South Australian Government

PACE Frontiers is the current generation precompetitive geoscience initiative operated by the South Australian Government.

The PACE Frontiers work program includes regional geophysical surveys, mapping and drilling delivering new data, research and technologies that directly influence the success of exploration in the state, reducing risk and allowing more informed company decision making.

PACE Frontiers works towards establishing data for regional precompetitive geoscience workflows, including regional mapping and geophysical and geochemical surveys, as a framework to help direct and inform precompetitive regional mineral system drilling programs into the future. 

It is directed towards two main regions:

  • Eastern Gawler Craton Olympic Domain which is highly prospective for IOCG mineralisation in a deep cover setting. Although explorers have been attracted to the high prospectivity of the region the deep cover provides a high investment risk and technical challenge for exploration.
  • Western Gawler Craton–Eucla Basin which is one of Australia's greatest geological frontiers with sparse regional geological data and largely unknown geology. Other than extensive and successful minerals sands exploration within the Eucla Basin there has been limited exploration within the buried bedrock of this region, largely because of its poorly constrained characteristics and prospectivity.

The initial PACE Frontiers program includes the collection of new regional geophysical and geochemical data and a world-first Regional Minerals Systems drilling program in the eastern Gawler Craton in collaboration with the Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (DET CRC) to test new, innovative drilling technologies and mineral system mapping, towards better exploration targeting methodologies.

PACE Frontiers also addresses some of the feedback, issues and suggestions presented in the PACE Evaluation report completed in April 2014.