High tech metals map
High-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-tech metal resources of NSW (front) (PDF, 14.55 MB)
- High-tech metal resources of NSW (back) (PDF, 5.77 MB)
- Map: High-tech metal resources of NSW (A3) (PDF, 9.63 MB)
- Factsheet: Introduction to high-tech metals (A4) (PDF, 1.28 MB)
- Factsheet: Annual production & current reserves (A3) (PDF, 446.68 KB)
- Factsheet: Applications of high-tech metals (A4) (PDF, 982.17 KB)
- Factsheet: Sources and uses of high-tech metals (A4) (PDF, 1.41 MB)
- Factsheet: High-tech metal projects in NSW (A4) (PDF, 594.19 KB)
- Factsheet: The periodic table of mobile phones (A4) (PDF, 1.79 MB)
- Factsheet: Glossary & references (A4) (PDF, 262.71 KB)
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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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Attribution must be given in this form: © State of New South Wales 2018.