This presentation highlights the Geological Survey of South Australia's contribution to the International Atomic Energy Agency's recently published second edition of the World Distribution of Uranium Deposits. The map is a snapshot of all the current knowledge: a bundle of information, a visual representation of data from various technical documents, all summarized in one place, creating a complex map that is simple to use for uranium resource and inventory management and geoscience research.
The presentation highlights the Geological Survey of South Australia’s contribution to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s recently published second edition of the World Distribution of Uranium Deposits, developed with contributions from the Saskatchewan Geological Survey and the United States Geological Survey. The second edition map gains further insights into global uranium deposit data and establishes partnerships to advance our understanding of global uranium distribution and quantitative resource assessment consolidating data from hundreds of public sources. Since the publication of the first edition of the map in 1995, the amount of material and the diversity of information available in the world have expanded exponentially, and understanding and knowledge of the distribution of different types of uranium deposit has advanced significantly. The first edition included 582 worldwide uranium deposits; this latest edition includes 2831. Highlights include a new classification scheme by deposit type, new discoveries as well as disaggregation of previously known resources. An updated generalised world geology with digital terrain shading enhancing geographical relief features, bathymetric tints over marine regions and additional inset maps over some of the most productive Australian geological regions. Map peripherals together with a detailed reference, simplified geology and an index list of 968 named deposits shown were styled and constrained by the customised geology extension software (SAGE) developed by the GSSA. The map is accessible to anyone online and offers advanced interactive tools allowing users to organise and customise the data. The online pdf version includes enhanced functionality with layers and query capability. The electronic file includes bookmarks arranged into three groups: Map Views, Deposit Types and Map Peripherals that allow the user access to customised views of specific map features. The publication also includes subdivided layers that can be toggled on and off according to deposit types separately within the main map and the insets, in order to produce a customised map. This map provides a valuable decision making tool for a wide variety of global stakeholders interested in existing deposits and in assessing the potential for new uranium discoveries.
Time & room
3.45 pm–4.00 pm in City Room 4
Mr Jonathan Irvine
Geological Survey of South Australia
Date & venue
Friday, 25 October 2019 at the Adelaide Convention Centre