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Eastern Victoria Geoscience Initiative

The Geological Survey of Victoria (GSV) will conduct a low impact regional deep seismic reflection survey and a gravity survey in eastern Victoria, commencing late February 2018.

For about three months a convoy of three trucks and accompanying 4WD vehicles will move slowly through the region along two survey routes: 

  1. Starting south of Benalla and travelling approximately 280 kilometres eastwards towards Tom Groggin and into New South Wales.
  2. Starting north of Benambra and travelling approximately 180 kilometres south eastwards near Bendoc and into New South Wales. 

Map showing the route of the two seismic lines in north-east Victoria, one starting south of Benalla and travelling approx 280km eas and one starting north of Benambra travelling approx 180km south east near Bendoc and into NSW

The survey vehicles will travel along public roads, across a limited number of private properties, Crown land and through national parks. GSV scientists with research partners will first check road infrastructure and talk to regional stakeholders and land owners about the upcoming project.

Towns the planned survey and support vehicles will pass nearby include Tatong, Molyullah, Upper Ryans Creek, Greta South, Hansonville, King Valley, Edi, Merriang South, Merriang, Myrtleford, Rosewhite, Kancoona, Running Creek, Upper Gundowring, Eskdale, Wulgulmerang, Tubbut, Bonang and Bendoc.

The deep seismic reflection technique does not cause any damage to the land  and will allow geoscientists to interpret rock formations to a depth of about 50 kilometres into the earth’s crust.

The survey is part of a long-term program to build knowledge of Victoria’s geological architecture and will focus on rock types, faults and their distribution and influence on the landscape.

This is the third such seismic reflection survey conducted by the GSV.  Two previous deep seismic reflection surveys were conducted in 2006 and 2009 in central and western Victoria respectively.