Understanding and protecting our groundwater is a responsibility we all share for the health of our communities, our economies, and our ecosystems.

‘Demand for groundwater resources is expected to continue to increase with the growth of Australia’s population and ongoing economic development. It is vital for water security and sustainability of urban areas, rural communities, industry and our environment that we manage groundwater innovatively and effectively.’

[Taken from the National Groundwater Strategic Framework, 2016-2026]

How Can We Help You?

At MGPalaeo, we specialize in providing essential services to the groundwater industry. We work with both small and large operators, including State & Territory Water Departments and scientific bodies such as Geoscience Australia, contributing to a wide range of hydrogeological projects.

Our Services

We offer a comprehensive suite of services to enhance your groundwater projects:

  • Palynological Age Dating: Determining the age of geological formations.
  • Stratigraphic Correlations: Linking geological strata across different locations.
  • Depositional Environment Analysis: Understanding the conditions in which geological formations were deposited.
  • Facies Analysis & Sequence Stratigraphy: Identifying changes in sedimentary environments over time.
  • Core Logging: Recording the physical characteristics of geological cores.
  • Database Construction: Building databases to manage and analyze geological data.

The Importance of Palynology in Groundwater Studies

Palynology plays a critical role in understanding natural groundwater flow. By investigating the depositional and structural history of aquifers, preferential pathways for groundwater movement and contaminant transport can be identified. This is crucial for developing accurate models of groundwater flow.

Enhancing Hydrogeological Frameworks

Palynology underpins the construction of sound geological frameworks, which are essential for the effective long-term management of aquifers. By refining regional chronostratigraphic surfaces, borehole correlations, and geographical constraints, variations within and between aquifers can be more confidently mapped. This enhances the understanding of potential impacts from the exploitation of sub-surface resources.

Groundwater: A Vital Resource

Groundwater is a major water source, especially in regions where surface water is scarce. As population and industry growth increase the demand for water, understanding the hydrogeological characteristics of aquifers becomes even more important.

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The Great Artesian Basin Project

One of the largest projects MGPalaeo has been involved with is the Great Artesian Basin project with Geoscience Australia.

‘The Australian Government, through the National Water Infrastructure Fund – Expansion, commissioned Geoscience Australia to undertake the project ‘Assessing the Status of Groundwater in the Great Artesian Basin’. The project commenced in July 2019 and will finish in June 2022. It will develop and evaluate new tools and techniques to assess the status of GAB groundwater resources to support responsible management of Basin water resources.’ [Geoscience Australia]

MGPalaeo is responsible for providing revised and updated palynological data for key boreholes across the Surat and Eromanga basins. This work will go towards improving geological and hydrogeological models, and advancing the understanding of the natural flow of groundwater across the GAB.

‘Groundwater is a resource that currently underpins a significant percentage of Australia’s basic human water needs and economic development requirements. In large parts of Australia it is the only reliable water source to support economic development.’

Groundwater use in Australia as a percentage of total water consumption
[Taken from the National Groundwater Strategic Framework, 2016-2026]