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Here’s how the worst drought on record looks from space

This is now officially the worst drought on record with BOM climatologist David Jones saying the drought has now exceeded the Federation Drought, the WWII drought and the Millennium drought in terms of its severity through the Murray Darling Basin. So we thought we'd take a look across the nation at how the drought has impacted using Google Earth Engine's Timelapse tool of satellite images. We know the Millennium drought was bad, but as the images clearly show, it's drier now than then. However, while the current predicament draws comparisons with the other prolonged dry run in most recent living memory, the Millennium Drought between 1997 and 2009. But it's difficult to compare the two situations on equal terms, as the severity of drought depends on so many different social, economic and geographic factors. While the Millenium Drought is described as a decade of drought, not every season was exceptionally dry. Zoom in on your local area and see the changes by movin..

This is now officially the worst drought on record with BOM climatologist David Jones saying the drought has now exceeded the Federation Drought, the WWII drought and the Millennium drought in terms of its severity through the Murray Darling Basin. So we thought we'd take a look across the nation at how the drought has impacted using Google Earth Engine's Timelapse tool of satellite images. We know the Millennium drought was bad, but as the images clearly show, it's drier now than then. However, while the current predicament draws comparisons with the other prolonged dry run in most recent living memory, the Millennium Drought between 1997 and 2009. But it's difficult to compare the two situations on equal terms, as the severity of drought depends on so many different social, economic and geographic factors. While the Millenium Drought is described as a decade of drought, not every season was exceptionally dry. Zoom in on your local area and see the changes by moving the date on the bar in this graphic below. Story continues after the graphic. However, when it did rain, as the Bureau of Meteorology notes, there were two exceptionally wet La Nina years that brought the drought to an end with floods. When it does eventually rain, it will take months of above average falls to break the punishing drought gripping large swathes of eastern and southern Australia. Unfortunately there is not much hope for significant rain in the next three months. The Indian Ocean Dipole has tripped into unwelcome positive territory while the El Nino – La Nina Southern Oscillation Index outlook is neutral and not likely to push the East Coast into or out of drought. That means the August to October climate outlook is for a drier than average three months for most of the country, with higher than average daytime temperatures and below average rainfall. The current rainfall deficiencies have been building since the beginning of 2017 – except for parts of Victoria, Southern NSW and Northern Queensland. We've looked previously at how NSW's dams have taken a hit in the drought. Below are some images of water storages and how water levels have fluctuated across the years from 1984 to 2018. As a result, the Northern and Southern Murray Darling Basin has been exceptionally dry for a couple of years. Soil moisture levels are now level pegging with, or below, record lows across most of these regions. Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino said compared to normal late winter and early spring conditions, below average rain and above average temperatures look likely. "Unfortunately the outlook looks like warmer and drier than average," he said. "Most of the eastern half of NSW has seen at least a 300 millimetre deficit and given the severity and longevity of this drought, it would take more than three months to break it." "In NSW the central and northern ranges have seen more than a 600mm deficit build up, and there are some spots closer to the coast that are 1200mm. "In the far west some areas are more than 300mm in deficit and the Bureau (of meteorology) rate their rainfall deficiency in the highest decile." There's a similar story for large parts of Victoria, South Australia and Queensland . "In Gippsland there is a severe rainfall deficit, as well as in central and eastern SA, and in southern Queensland. "Southern inland Queensland has severe rainfall deficiencies comparable to the highest on record over the past six months over a 24 month period. "North and Central Queensland have had some good rain in the past six months from ex-tropical cyclones. "A lot of the water that fell there flowed towards the south west, but it didn't make it down to the Murray Darling Basin." ABARES head of farm performance and resource economics, David Galeano said amongst drought hit regions, pockets of cropping country were faring quite well. "For the current winter crop spring rain is very important," he said. "The situation is definitely very patchy, and you can't say it's horrible everywhere. "Much of Victoria looks quite good at the moment. It had good winter rains and the winter crop looks good. The crop is looking good in South Australia and Western Australia as well. "Southern NSW looks OK in patches, but of course it's very dry in central and northern parts of the state, while much of Queensland is dry as well." Do you love local news? Get full access to the website by subscribing here.

This is now officially the worst drought on record with BOM climatologist David Jones saying the drought has now exceeded the Federation Drought, the WWII drought and the Millennium drought in terms of its severity through the Murray Darling Basin.

So we thought we'd take a look across the nation at how the drought has impacted using Google Earth Engine's Timelapse tool of satellite images.

We know the Millennium drought was bad, but as the images clearly show, it's drier now than then.

However, while the current predicament draws comparisons with the other prolonged dry run in most recent living memory, the Millennium Drought between 1997 and 2009.

But it's difficult to compare the two situations on equal terms, as the severity of drought depends on so many different social, economic and geographic factors.

While the Millenium Drought is described as a decade of drought, not every season was exceptionally dry.

Zoom in on your local area and see the changes by moving the date on the bar in this graphic below. Story continues after the graphic.

However, when it did rain, as the Bureau of Meteorology notes, there were two exceptionally wet La Nina years that brought the drought to an end with floods.

When it does eventually rain, it will take months of above average falls to break the punishing drought gripping large swathes of eastern and southern Australia.

Unfortunately there is not much hope for significant rain in the next three months.

The Indian Ocean Dipole has tripped into unwelcome positive territory while the El Nino – La Nina Southern Oscillation Index outlook is neutral and not likely to push the East Coast into or out of drought.

How some of the dams across the country were looking in 2018.

That means the August to October climate outlook is for a drier than average three months for most of the country, with higher than average daytime temperatures and below average rainfall.

The current rainfall deficiencies have been building since the beginning Read More – Source

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Castillo Copper directors show faith in the company by purchasing shares on market

Castillo Copper Ltd (ASX:CCZ) directors have demonstrated their faith in the company's strategy by purchasing shares on market.

Three directors have increased their holding in the company via the purchase of more than 1.45 million shares.

Castillo is advancing a three-pillar strategy to become a mid-tier copper producer.

Pillar I – Cangai Copper Mine: Plans are in place to advance this project through to bankable feasibility study;
Pillar II – Mt Oxide project: Located in the Mt Isa copperbelt with three priority targets including a sizeable massive sulphide conductor, historic deposit and mine; andRead More – Source

Castillo Copper Ltd (ASX:CCZ) directors have demonstrated their faith in the company's strategy by purchasing shares on market.

Three directors have increased their holding in the company via the purchase of more than 1.45 million shares.

Castillo is advancing a three-pillar strategy to become a mid-tier copper producer.

  • Pillar I – Cangai Copper Mine: Plans are in place to advance this project through to bankable feasibility study;
  • Pillar II – Mt Oxide project: Located in the Mt Isa copperbelt with three priority targets including a sizeable massive sulphide conductor, historic deposit and mine; andRead More – Source

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Oklo Resources hits 47 metres at 10.97 g/t gold at Dandoko in West Mali

Oklo Resources Ltd (ASX:OKU) has made an outstanding start on its 10,000-metre resource definition drilling program at the Seko prospect with a new high-grade intersection of 47 metres at 10.97 g/t gold.

The drilling program undertaken at the Dandoko Project in West Mali comprises air-core (AC), reverse circulation (RC) and diamond drilling, which is designed to result in a maiden resource estimate scheduled for completion early in Q2 2020.

At Dandoko, extensive gold anomalies have previously been outlined by auger drilling along a 12km-long gold corridor.

The potential of this corridor to host large, gold mineralised systems has been demonstrated by the recent drilling success at Seko and several other nearby prospect areas.

Managing director Simon Taylor said: “Our 2019-20 field season is off to an excellent start with the first batch of assay results providing strong indications for a new high-grade shoot developing within the lightly drill tested northern end of SK1.

“The reso..

Oklo Resources Ltd (ASX:OKU) has made an outstanding start on its 10,000-metre resource definition drilling program at the Seko prospect with a new high-grade intersection of 47 metres at 10.97 g/t gold.

The drilling program undertaken at the Dandoko Project in West Mali comprises air-core (AC), reverse circulation (RC) and diamond drilling, which is designed to result in a maiden resource estimate scheduled for completion early in Q2 2020.

At Dandoko, extensive gold anomalies have previously been outlined by auger drilling along a 12km-long gold corridor.

The potential of this corridor to host large, gold mineralised systems has been demonstrated by the recent drilling success at Seko and several other nearby prospect areas.

Managing director Simon Taylor said: “Our 2019-20 field season is off to an excellent start with the first batch of assay results providing strong indications for a new high-grade shoot developing within the lightly drill tested northern end of SK1.

“The resource definition drilling program is progressing well with the shallow AC component now completed and the deeper RC and diamond drilling phase expected to commence in late November.

“We look forward to reporting the remaining AC assay results and commencing the deeper drilling on what is shaping up to be an exciting period for the company in advance of its maiden mineral resource estimate.”

Seko drilling

Seko comprises five coherent auger gold trends (SK1-5) with a combined strike length of about 7 kilometres.

The current program is focusing on infill drilling and closing off areas of near-surface mineralisation at Seko anomalies SK1-5 and surrounding areas in advanceRead More – Source

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Meteoric Resources raises $7 million to accelerate Brazilian gold exploration

Meteoric Resources NL (ASX:MEI) has received a show of support from existing shareholders along with leading institutional investors who have committed to a placement, raising $7 million.

These funds will allow the company to accelerate exploration at the Juruena and Novo Astro gold projects in the highly prospective Alta Floresta Gold Belt in state of Mato Grosso, Brazil.

Meteoric is completing maiden drill programs at both projects, which are just 30 kilometres apart.

“True testament” to prospectivity
Managing director Dr Andrew Tunks said, “The support we have received from existing and new shareholders for Meteorics Brazilian portfolio of gold assets is a true testament to the sheer prospectivity that exists at both Novo Astro and Juruena.

“As a Board, we are delighted with how our initial exploration of both projects has progressed since acquisition in March of this year and this $7 million placement, which follows the $2.7 million in August, puts us in good stead to accelerat..

Meteoric Resources NL (ASX:MEI) has received a show of support from existing shareholders along with leading institutional investors who have committed to a placement, raising $7 million.

These funds will allow the company to accelerate exploration at the Juruena and Novo Astro gold projects in the highly prospective Alta Floresta Gold Belt in state of Mato Grosso, Brazil.

Meteoric is completing maiden drill programs at both projects, which are just 30 kilometres apart.

“True testament” to prospectivity

Managing director Dr Andrew Tunks said, “The support we have received from existing and new shareholders for Meteorics Brazilian portfolio of gold assets is a true testament to the sheer prospectivity that exists at both Novo Astro and Juruena.

“As a Board, we are delighted with how our initial exploration of both projects has progressed since acquisition in March of this year and this $7 million placement, which follows the $2.7 million in August, puts us in good stead to accelerate exploration at both our key projects.

“We welcome our new shareholders to the register and thank our existing shareholders for their ongoing support and I look forward to a fruitful 2020 ahead for Meteoric and its shareholders.”

Additional drilling

The placement will see 140 million new shares issued to sophisticated and professional investors at 5 cents per share.

Meteoric intends to accelerate the Brazilian exploration programs including:

  • 5,000 metres of diamond drilling at Juruena to expand known resources and test additional targets;
  • 3,000 metres of diamond drilling at Novo Astro testing under known artisanal open cast mines;
  • 20,000 metres of percussion/aircore drilling at Novo Astro to define the scale of the mineralised system outside historical mining areas; and
  • Expand the proposed geophysical programs at Novo Astro and Juruena.

Tunks said, “Following on from the completion next month of the 26 hole, 4,500-metre initial drilling program at Juruena, it is our intention to evaluate our program and plan for the next season of drilling.

“It is anticipated that the new drilling will focus on expanding the known mineralisation at depth at Dona Maria and along strike at Tomate.”

Look at under-drilled targets

He said, “Additionally, we will look at several other undRead More – Source

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