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The National Argon Map (NAM) is an AuScope Opportunity supported Project with ANU Argon team, an Oversight Committee, and the Australian Argon Laboratories Network: ANU, Melbourne University, University of Queensland and Curtin University. Having the argon laboratories working as a network has been key to AuScope. NAM is providing an opportunity for researchers, students, and industry to explore 40Ar/39Ar as a geochronometer. Allowing the scientific community the opportunity to be exposed to a wide variation of scientific scenarios that this geochronometer can provide. The information provided by NAM is extensive in the geological context, the sample characterisation and report.
The map image of the NAM you see on the right here is your link into the National Argon Map. Click on this to enter, then click on an icon of interest in NAM for information on that sample. The list of projects below provide you with links to the original proposal, sample information and a final report with 40Ar/39Ar data.

Projects

Region Project Title Sample Details Report
East Tennant, NT Project 01:
Filling the gaps: thermotectonic evolution of the east Tennant region and eastern Pine Creek Orogen

Submitted by: Geoff Fraser, GA
Analysed by: ANU Argon Facility
Completed
Olympic Cu-Au Province, SA Project 02:
Dating of mineralisation-related alteration in the Olympic Cu-Au Province, Gawler Craton

Submitted by: Anthony Reid, GSSA
Analysed by: ANU Argon Facility
Completed
Gawler Craton, SA Project 03:
Dating of mineralisation-related alteration at the Cairn Hill Mine, and regional thermal history of the northern Mt Woods Region, Gawler Craton

Submitted by: Anthony Reid, GSSA
Analysed by: ANU Argon Facility
Completed
Curnamona Province, SA Project 04:
Reconnaissance thermochronology of Curnamona Province

Submitted by: Anthony Reid, GSSA
Analysed by: ANU Argon Facility
Completed
Faults in Lachlan Orogen, NSW Project 05:
New 40Ar/39Ar age constraints on the timing of deformation on major faults in the Lachlan Orogen, NSW.

Submitted by: Mark Eastlake, GSNSW
Analysed by: ANU Argon Facility
Completed
Balls Pyramid, Lord Howe Seamount, Off-shore NSW Project 06:
New Ar-Ar geochronology age constraints on the Lord Howe Seamount Chain

Submitted by: Phil Gilmore, GSNSW
Analysed by: ANU Argon Facility
Completed
Reynolds Range, central Australia, NT Project 07:
Quadruple dating of a shear zone, comparing techniques and analytical efficiencies

Submitted by: Alex Prent, John de Laeter Centre
In Lab
Fraser Range, east Albany-Fraser Orogen, WA Project 08:
Evolution of crustal structures in an inverted orogen, the east Albany–Fraser Orogen, Western Australia

Submitted by: Raphael Quentin de Gromard, GSWA
Analysed by: ANU Argon Facility
In Progress
west Arunta Orogen, Madura and Coompana Provinces, eastern WA Project 09:
Testing connections between the Lasseter and Mundrabilla Shear Zones

Submitted by: Catherine Spaggiari, GSWA
Analysed by: ANU Argon Facility
Completed
Delamerian Fold Belt, SA Project 10:
Cambro-Ordovician magmatism and deformation at the eastern margin of Gondwana, South Australia: Insights into tectonic processes and mineral potential.

Submitted by: Naina, ANU & MinEx CRC
Analysed by: ANU Argon Facility
Completed
East Antarctica, Australian Antarctic Territory Project 11:
An Antarctica perspective of the Kerguelen plume

Submitted by: Luc Doucet, Curtin Uni
Proposal
Central Queensland Project 12:
Geology, Petrology and Gem Minerals of the Anakie Gemfields, central Queensland

Submitted by: Ian Graham, UNSW
In Lab
Western Cobar Basin Project 13:
Direct dating of Cobar Basin mineralisation

Submitted by: Joel Fitzherbert, GSNSW
Analysed by: ANU Argon Facility
Completed
Western Australia (Various state-wide Li ore locations) Project 14:
Spodumene 40Ar/39Ar geochronology: Implications for Li-Deposits

Submitted by: Bryant Ware, John de Leater Centre, Curtin Uni
In Lab
Arunta Region Project 15:
Tectonic and Thermal Events in the Northeastern Aileron Province

Submitted by: Barry Reno, NTGS
Completed
Far North Queensland Project 16:
40Ar/39Ar thermochronology of the Coen Inlier

Submitted by: AngloGold Ashanti with Jack Muston, RSES, ANU
Analysed by: ANU Argon Facility
Completed
Northern WA (far eastern Pilbara), south-western Canning Basin Project 17:
Tectonism and Exhumation of the Paterson Orogen and East Pilbara Craton margin

Submitted by: David Kelsey, GSWA
Analysed by: ANU Argon Facility
Completed
Gold Systems, Far North Queensland Project 18:
40Ar/39Ar thermochronology for Intrusion Related Gold Systems in NE Queensland

Submitted by: Brendan Hardwick, AngloGold Ashanti
Proposal
Central-West NSW Project 19:
Ar-Ar geochronology of the Rylstone Volcanics

Submitted by: Ian Graham, UNSW Sydney
Completed
North-Eastern NSW Project 20:
Age of mineralisation within the Drake Goldfield

Submitted by: Ian Graham, UNSW Sydney
Proposal
Central NSW Project 21:
Hera intrusive events

Submitted by: Ian Graham, UNSW Sydney
Completed
Mundi Mundi Plain, Curnamona Province (GA Funded) Project 22:
Ar-Ar thermochronology age constraints on mafic and felsic magmatism, and deformation in the Curnamona Province

Submitted by: Chris Folkes, GSNSW
Analysed by: ANU Argon Facility and Melbourne University
Completed
Central NSW Project 23:
New 40Ar/39Ar age constraints on the timing of deformation on bounding structures of the Mount Foster–Tumut Zone, Eastern Lachlan Orogen, NSW

Submitted by: Mark Eastlake, GSNSW
Not Submitted
Eastern Australia (Queensland) Project 24:
Detrital origin and depositional history of the Precipice Sandstone: implications for CO2 reservoir continuity

Submitted by: Kasia Sobczak, Centre for Natural Gas, UQ
Proposal
North Queensland Project 25:
Thermochronological Constraints on Crustal-Scale Shear Zones

Submitted by: AngloGold Ashanti with Solomon Jones, ANU
Analysed by: ANU Argon Facility
Completed
Central and northeastern Victoria (GA Funded) Project 26:
Unravelling the timing of gold mineralisation across the world-class Victorian Goldfields

Submitted by: Rob Duncan and Sam Waugh, GSVIC
Analysed by: ANU Argon Facility
Completed
central Victoria Project 27:
Devonian granites on and off the Selwyn Block, western Lachlan Fold Belt

Submitted by: Roland Maas, UMelb and Prof Ian Nicholls, Monash
Completed
northern Western Australia Project 28:
Neoproterozoic granites near Winu Cu-Au deposit
by: Roland Maas and Sr. Ashleigh Hood, UMelb and Dr Hilke Dalstra, Rio Tinto Perth
Completed
Central Queensland Project 29:
Stratigraphy and mineralogy of cenozoic sediments overlying the moranbah and rangal coal measures

Submitted by: Joan Esterle, School Of Earth And Environmental Sciences, UQ
Proposal
Central and northern Tasmania Project 30:
Mid-Cenozoic chronostratigraphy of central and northern Tasmania

Submitted by: Nick Roberts, Mineral Resources Tasmania
Proposal
Central NSW, and central Victoria Project 31:
Geochronology of the eastern Australian leucitite suite

Submitted by: Joshua Shea, Uni Macquaire
Completed
Temma, NW Tasmania (GA Funded) Project 32:
Dating the Temma iron deposits

Submitted by: Ralph Bottrill, Mineral Resources Tasmania
Not Submitted
Hunter Valley, Sydney and South Coast, NSW Project 33:
Age of basaltic intrusions within the Sydney Basin, NSW

Submitted by: Ian Graham, UNSW Sydney
Proposal