The South Australian Drill Core Reference Library hosts geological samples recovered from over 130 years of exploration for minerals and energy resources otherwise hidden beneath the land surface of South Australia. These irreplaceable samples represent valuable direct records of the geological materials retrieved from the depths of the crust, that will continue to be investigated and analysed by new generations of geologists in industry, research, education and government.
The catalogued samples of drill cores are each equivalent to the 'pages' in books associated with more traditional libraries. Reading these 'pages' can provide essential clues about the geological history of South Australia as well as indicators for new mineral and energy resource discoveries that will support the future prosperity of South Australia.
This facility and its collection is constantly evolving as it continues to receive new drill core samples from ongoing exploration programs as well as generating data from state-of-the-art 'real time', on site sample analysis capabilities. Drill core can be viewed in a spacious core viewing hall as well as integrated with South Australia's renowned geoscience data sets within an immersive 3D theatre. Other world-class sample reference collections, and conference, meeting and education facilities make this an innovative and exciting setting towards the discovery of the next mineral and energy resource in South Australia.
Drill core material from existing libraries continues to be consolidated and moved into the new South Australia Drill Core Reference Library at Tonsley. The new facility will be operational from July 2016, with access to samples pending availability.
Using the library
The new South Australia Drill Core Reference Library is located in the heart of the newly revitalised Tonsley Precinct