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North Bathurst Island Groundwater Assessment



North Bathurst Island Groundwater Assessment


Woltmann, Melissa

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Northern Territory. Department of Land Resource Management


E-Publications; PublicationNT; E-Books; Report 15/2015




North Bathurst Island


A hydrogeological investigation was undertaken in 2014 as part of a broad assessment of the natural resources in the North Bathurst Island area. This information is intended to provide a basis for the assessment of the suitability of the area for horticulture or other developments. The focus of the groundwater study was to characterise and elucidate the shallow unconfined aquifer hosted in the Van Diemen Sandstone, with some scope to investigate the deeper confined aquifer within the Moonkinu Sandstone. This report details the findings of the study.


This report has two volumes - Volume 1 Main report and Volume 2 - Appendices; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

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Executive summary -- Introduction -- Hydrogeology -- Geology -- Aquifer Occurrence and Extent -- Aquifer Parameters -- Groundwater Movement and Recharge -- Water Quality -- Bore Yield Potential -- Conclusions -- Recommendations -- References




Hydrogeological investigation; Van Diemen Sandstone Aquifer; Moonkinu Sandstone

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Northern Territory Government

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Report 15/2015


2 volumes : colour illustrations and maps

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Northern Territory Government



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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/457837 [North Bathurst Groundwater Assessment - Volume 1 - Main Report.pdf]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/457838 [North Bathurst Groundwater Assessment - Volume 2 - Appendices.pdf]

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North Bathurst Island Groundwater Assessment ii Bibliographic Reference Woltmann, M., (2015). North Bathurst Island Groundwater Assessment. Department of Land Resource Management, Water Resources Report Number 15/2015D ISBN 978-1-74350-082-8 (Set - 2 vols.) Water Resources Division Department of Land Resource Management PO Box 496 Palmerston NT 0831 Northern Territory of Australia 2015 Copyright Northern Territory Government, 2015 This product and all material forming part of it is copyright belonging to the Northern Territory of Australia. You may use this material for your personal, non-commercial use or use it with your organisation for non-commercial purposes provided that an appropriate acknowledgement is made and the material is not altered in any way. Subject to the fair dealing provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 you must not make any other use of this product (including copying or reproducing it or part of it in any way) unless you have the written permission of the Northern Territory of Australia to do so. Important Disclaimer The Northern Territory of Australia does not warrant that this publication, or any part of it, is correct or complete. To the extent permitted by law, the Northern Territory of Australia (including its employees and agents) excludes all liability to any person for any consequences, including but not limited to all losses, damages, costs, expenses and other compensation, arising directly or indirectly from using, in part of in whole, any information or material contained in this publication. Cover photo: Drilling Rig on site at Bore RN38715, North Bathurst Island. Bore RN38715 in the centre of the study area was drilled to a depth of 30.5 m. The photo shows the general layout of the operation which was set up for mud drilling. Photo: Department of Land Resource Management.

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