Digging deeper into our State’s mineral resources
Western Australia has many of Australia’s major mineralised regions, with gold, copper, nickel and iron ore in host rocks formed in a wide range of tectonic settings. UWA earth science researchers make the most of the State’s mineral wealth resource and the School has established an international reputation in mineral geoscience research.
Our Centre for Exploration Targeting focuses on understanding mineral systems and developing tools for mineral exploration beneath a thick cover of soil or weathered rock. This research requires innovative thinking and integrating geological, geophysical and geochemical techniques using the latest digital methods and software.
We work in conjunction with industry partners, government agencies and university collaborators.
Our research has global applications to help improve understanding of the geological history and formation of minerals resources throughout the world. Our researchers work in Western Australia as well as Africa, Greenland, Canada and Brazil.
32nd in the world for Earth and Marine Sciences (QS 2018)
4th in Australia for Earth Sciences (ARWU 2018)
How the Pilbara was formed more than 3 billion years ago
The remote Pilbara region of northern Western Australia is one of Earth’s oldest blocks of continental crust, and we now think we know how it formed, as explained in research published in Nature Geoscience.Read more
- Asst/Prof Alan Aitken
- Professor Mike Dentith
- Professor Steffen Hagemann
- Professor Eun-Jung Holden
- Professor Mark Jessell
- Dr Mark Lindsay
- Dr Sandi Occhipinti
- Professor Steve Rowins
- Dr Nicolas Thebaud
Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems
Earth and Environment Analysis Laboratory
The Earth and Environment Analysis Laboratory is a Faculty of Science (FoS) Core Facility providing a range of analytical services to the FoS and broader University communities.
School of Earth Sciences
The University of Western Australia’s School of Earth Sciences applies geoscience to understand the complex processes that shape our planet.
Harnessing resources and energy for a sustainable future
Our energy and geoscience research is helping create a world of secure, sustainable and emission-free minerals and energy.
Petroleum geoscience and basin analysis
For this research, petroleum geoscience researchers at UWA are exploring the oil and gas possibilities in sedimentary basins off the Western Australian coast and beyond.