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Research Papers and Journal Articles

Geological Survey of Victoria (GSV) geologists and geophysicists regularly present their research in industry publications and at conferences and events in Australia and around the world.

The following research has either been undertaken by GSV geoscientists or in collaboration with professional geoscientists from external organisations.


Robertson, K., Taylor, D., Thiel, S. and Heinson, G., 2015, Magnetotelluric evidence for serpentinisation in a Cambrian subduction zone beneath the Delamerian Orogen, southeast Australia. Gondwana Research, Vol. 28, Issue 2, pp. 601-611

World Geothermal Congress, International Geothermal Association, 19-25 April 2015, Melbourne, Victoria. Conference paper: 3D Numerical Modelling of Heat Flow Across Heterogeneous Geology in South-East Australia. Authors: Mather, B.R., Moresi, L., Cruden, S., and Taylor, D.

ASEG-PESA 2015 - 24th International Geophysical Conference and Exhibition, 15-18 February 2015, Perth, Western Australia. Conference presentation and paper: A new interpretation of Cambrian basement geology increases the prospectivity for Cu porphyries in western Victoria. Authors: Skladzien, P., Cayley, R., Taylor, D and McLean, M., Geological Survey of Victoria

Pilia, S., Rawlinson, N., Cayley, R.A., Bodin, T., Musgrave, R., Reading, A.M., Direen, N.G., and Young, M.K., 2015, Evidence of micro-continent entrainment during crustal accretion, Nature, Scientific Reports 5, Article number 8218


Moresi, L., Betts, P.G., Miller, M.S and Cayley, R.A, 2014, Dynamics of continental accretion, Nature, Vol 508, pp. 245–248

Pilia, S., Rawlinson, N., Direen, N.G., Reading, A.M., Cayley, R., Pryer, L., Arroucau, P., Duffett, M., 2014, Linking mainland Australia and Tasmania using ambient seismic noise tomography: Implications for the tectonic evolution of the east Gondwana margin, Gondwana Research (online 22 October 2014)

Rawlinson, N., Arroucau, P., Musgrave, R., Cayley, R., Young, M., and Salmon, M, 2014, Complex continental growth along the proto-Pacific margin of East Gondwana, Geology, Vol.42, pp.783-786

Taylor, D., Cayley, R., Sklazdien, P., Woodhead, J., and Corbett, G, 2014, Geochemistry Expands the Exploration Fairway for the Mineralised Copper Porphyries in Western Victoria. Presentation to the Australian Earth Science Convention, Newcastle, Australia, July 2014.


O'Brien, G.W.,  Tingatea, P. R.,  Goldie Divko, L. M.  Miranda, J. A., Campia, M. J.  & Liuc, K., 2013, Basin-scale fluid flow in the Gippsland Basin: implications for geological carbon storage, Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, Vol. 60,  No. 1

Young, M. K., Cayley, R. A., McLean, M. A.,  Rawlinson, N., Arroucau, P, and Salmon, M, 2013, Crustal structure of the east Gondwana margin in southeast Australia revealed by transdimensional ambient seismic noise tomography, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 40, pp.4266–4271


Cayley, R. A., Musgrave R.J. & Preiss W. 2012. South-directed oroclinal folding in the Lachlan Fold Belt: a solution to apparent Ordovician-Early Silurian complexity. Geological Society of Australia, Abstract Series No. 102, SGTSG 2012: Cause and Effects of Deformation in the Lithosphere, Waratah Bay, Victoria, 29 January-3 February 2012, pp.19-21.

Cayley, R.A., 2012. A geological excursion guide to Waratah Bay and Cape Liptrap, February 2012. Geological society of Australia Specialist Group in Tectonics and Structural Geology Field Guide 17.

Morand, V.J., & Cayley, R.A., 2012. Contrasting Styles of Deformation in the Melbourne, Tabberabbera and Omeo Zones, Victoria. Geological society of Australia Specialist Group in Tectonics and Structural Geology Field Guide 16.

Taylor, D., 2012, *‘New Research Into Thermal Structure of Onshore Gippsland Basin Refines Fairways and Prospectivity For Unconventional Gas And Geothermal Energy Resources’, PESA Victorian Supplement 2012,GeoScience Victoria, Department of Primary Industries, Victoria

Harrison, B., Taylor, D., Tingate, P., and Sandiford, M., 2012, Heat flow modelling and thermal history of the onshore Gippsland Basin: upside potential for unconventional gas and geothermal resources. Presented at the Eastern Australasian Basins Symposium IV, Brisbane, QLD, 10–14 September, 2012


Cayley, R.A., Korsch, R.J., Moore, D.H., Costelloe, R.D., Nakamura, A., Willman, C.E., Rawling, T.J., Morand, V.J., Skladzien, P.B. and O'Shea, P.J., 2011. Crustal architecture of central Victoria: results from the 2006 deep crustal reflection seismic survey. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, Vol. 58, Issue 2, pp. 113-156.

Cayley, R.A., 2011. Exotic crustal block accretion to the eastern Gondwanaland margin in the Late Cambrian – Tasmania, the Selwyn Block, and implications for the Cambrian-Silurian evolution of the Ross, Delamerian and Lachlan Orogens. Gondwana Research 19, 628 – 649.

Cayley, R.A., Korsch, R., Kennett, B, Skladzien, P., Jones, L, Morand, V.J., Gibson, G. & Rawling, T.J., & Betts, P. G., 2011. Results of deep seismic reflection imaging of the eastern Delamerian Orogen, South Australia and western Victoria, Australia. Data CD version: 4, March 2011. GeoScience Victoria, Department of Primary Industries.

Osborne, C.R., Cayley, R.A., Skladzien, P.B. & McLean, M.A., 2011. Eastern Victorian Structural Zones 1:250 000 scale 3D geological model report including Tabberabbera Zone, Omeo Zone, Deddick Zone, Kuark Zone and Mallacoota Zone. GeoScience Victoria 3D Victoria Report 13. Department of Primary Industries

Rawling, T.J., Osborne, C.R., McLean, M.A., Skladzien, P.B., Cayley, R.A. &
Williams, B., 2011. 3D Victoria Final Report. GeoScience Victoria 3D Victoria Report
14. Department of Primary Industries.

Musgrave, R. J. & Cayley, R. A., 2011. Unfolding an Orocline Restores Australian
Siluro-Devonian Poles to the Gondwana
APWP. American Geophysical Union, Fall
Meeting 2011, abstract #GP11A-0991

Vandenberg, A. H. M., 2011, Paleogene basalts prove early uplift of Victoria's Eastern Uplands, Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, Vol. 58,  No. 1, pp. 101-108

Significant research pre-2011

McLean, M. A., Morand, V. J.  & Cayley, R. A., 2010, Gravity and magnetic modelling of crustal structure in central Victoria: what lies under the Melbourne Zone? Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, Vol. 57,  No. 2, pp. 153-173

Willman, C. E., Korsch, R. J., Moore, D. H., Cayley, R. A., Lisitsin, V. A., Rawling, T. J., Morand, V. J. and O’Shea, P. J., 2010, Crustal-Scale Fluid Pathways and Source Rocks in the Victorian Gold Province, Australia: Insights from Deep Seismic Reflection Profiles. Economic Geology, August, Vol. 105, pp. 895-915

Willman, C.E., 2007, Regional structural controls of gold mineralisation, Bendigo and Castlemaine goldfields, Central Victoria, Australia, Mineralium Deposita, Vol. 42, No. 5, pp. 449-463

Gray, D. R., Willman,  C. E. & Foster, D. A. 2006, Crust restoration for the western Lachlan Orogen using the strain-reversal, area-balancing technique: implications for crustal components and original thicknesses, Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, Vol. 53,  No. 2, pp. 329-341

Cayley, R. et al, 2003, ‘Neoproterozoic and Cambrian continental rifting, continent-arc collision and post-collisional magmatism’. New synthesis of the earliest geological history of Victoria, based on geochemistry, geochronology, geophysics, structural and metamorphic geology. Geological Society of Australia Special Publication 23: 73-93.

Cayley, R. A. Taylor, D. H.  VandenBerg, A. H. M.  Moore, D. H., 2002, Proterozoic – Early Palaeozoic rocks and the Tyennan Orogeny in central Victoria: The Selwyn Block and its tectonic implications, Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, Vol. 49,  No. 2, pp 225-254

Willman, C. E., VandenBerg, A. H. M. & Morand,  V. J., 2002, Evolution of the southeastern Lachlan Fold Belt in Victoria, Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, Vol. 49,  No. 2, pp. 271-289

VandenBerg, A.H.M., Willman, C.E., Maher, S., Simons, B.A., Cayley, R.A., Taylor, D.H., Morand, V.J., Moore, D.H. & Radojkovic, A., 2000, The Tasman Fold Belt System in Victoria. Geological Survey of Victoria Special Publication. This volume details the geology and mineralisation of the Delamerian and Lachlan fold belts in Victoria with important inferences for the extensions of these belts into other states of Australia and also for dispersed fragments of Gondwana.

VandenBerg, A. H. M., 1999, Timing of orogenic events in the Lachlan Orogen,  Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, Vol. 46,  Issue 5, pp. 691-701

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