Sustainable development and transition to a cleaner high-tech economy is placing ever-increasing demands on global supplies of minerals. Alarmingly, this demand is outstripping the present rate of discovery of new mineral deposits. In order to address this shortfall, and position Australia in the global market, the Australian geoscience community has united around the UNCOVER initiative, which seeks to unlock the subsurface search space for deposits. The challenge is enormous, with many turning to new technology for a solution. The task is to fuse modern computational geoscience with traditional observation based approaches. By aiming for quantitative integrated characterisation of the Australian plate, Geoscience Australia has emerged as a global leader in this field. This success is underpinned by recent unprecedented levels of geoscience data collection, advances in data management, development of new algorithms and targeted application. Here I will showcase how integration of traditional insights and process understanding with big data analytics is generating a step change in our ability to advise industry and government on Australia’s under cover mineral potential.
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