Australian Mineral Resources

Australian Mineral Resources

Statistics on this page are 2013 figures from Geoscience Australia.

Economic Demonstrated Resources (EDR)

As defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS): "EDR is a measure of the resources that are established, analytically demonstrated or assumed with reasonable certainty to be profitable for extraction or production under defined investment assumptions. Classifying a mineral resource as EDR reflects a high degree of certainty as to the size and quality of the resource and its economic viability."

 

Australian Operating Mines Map (PDF)

A HUGE 59MB file with significant detail that outlines all operating mines in Australia as at 2014. You will need to zoom in with your browser or Adobe Reader.

Note: The PDF below is very large. It will take a while to download.

Map of all Australian operating mines (2014)Click image for a HUGE 59MB hi-def PDF.


 

Coal

Australia is estimated to have 9.2% of the world's EDR of black coal and ranked fifth in the world behind the United States of America (26.8%), China (15.4%), India (13.9%) and Russia (12.1%).

Map of all Australian diamond resourcesClick image for a huge 9MB hi-def image.


 

Copper

Australia is estimated to have 13% of the world’s EDR of copper and ranked second in the world behind Chile (28%) and ahead of Peru (11%), the USA (6%) and Mexico (6%).

Map of all Australian copper resources Click image for a large 3MB PDF.


 

Diamond

As a result of recent changes in the reporting of Australia’s diamonds, it’s not possible to compare Australia’s EDR of diamonds to the rest off the world using USGS figures.

Map of all Australian diamond resources Click image for a huge 25MB hi-def image.


 

Gold

Australia is estimated to have 17% of the world’s EDR of gold and ranked first in the world ahead of South Africa (11%), Russia (9%) and Chile (7%).

Map of all Australian gold resources Click image for a 9MB hi-def image.


 

Iron Ore

Australia is estimated to have 29% of the world’s EDR of iron ore and ranked first in the world ahead of Brazil (16%), Russia (13%) and China (12%).

Map of all Australian iron ore resources Click image for a large 2MB image.


 

Lead, Zinc and Silver

Australia is estimated to have 40% of the world’s EDR of lead, 27% of the world’s EDR of Zinc and 16% of the world’s EDR of silver.

Map of all Australian silver resources Click image for a large 3MB image.


 

Nickel

Australia is estimated to have 23% of the world’s EDR of nickel and ranked first in the world ahead of New Caledonia (14.8%), Brazil (11.2%) and Russia (11.2%).

Map of all Australian nickel resources Click image for a large 2MB image.


 

Uranium

Australia is estimated to have 34% of the world's uranium at a recoverable cost of less than US$130/kg and ranked first in the world ahead of Niger (10%), Canada (9%) and Kazakhstan (9%).

Map of all Australian uranium resources Click image for a large 3MB image.

 

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