High tech metals map

metals mapHigh-tech metals are used in rapidly growing advanced-technology industries that are now being boosted by consumer demand for a high-tech, connected and environmentally sustainable future.

The variety of products using high-tech metals are almost endless: from tiny mobile phone parts through to medical applications such as hip replacements and pace makers; from storing solar energy at the home to electric vehicle components and parts for huge wind turbines; even flying above us in parts for aircraft and satellites – high-tech metals play an important role in modern life.

NSW is rich in high-tech metals, offering exciting opportunities.

This map shows areas in NSW that currently produce, or have the potential to produce, high-tech metals including:

  • copper and gold
  • rare earth elements (REEs), including scandium
  • platinum group elements (PGEs)
  • cobalt, lithium, titanium and zirconium.

The map also explains the sources and uses of high-tech metals, contains important project summaries, and provides charts of current world production and reserves. A detailed glossary and reference list are also included.

High school teaching resources and student work sheets based on this map can be found under Resources at https://ausearthed.com.au/nsw/earth-enviro-science/

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The map should be referenced as follows:

M.J. Armstrong, P.J. Carter, M.J. Drummond, G.D. Fleming, D.B. Forster & L.M. Talbot (compilers) 2018. High-tech metal resources of New South Wales. Geological Survey of New South Wales, Maitland.


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The information contained in this publication is based on knowledge and understanding at the time of compilation (2018). However, because of advances in knowledge, users are reminded of the need to ensure that information upon which they rely is up to date.

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