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BRISBANE, Nov 15 AAP

November 15 2012, 2:33PM

About 95 per cent of Queensland has now been surveyed for minerals and energy resources, the state government says.

Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps on Thursday released aeromagnetic and radiometric surveys of the Galilee Basin, in central Queensland, and the Thomson Basin, in the southwest.

"Completion of the Thomson and Galilee surveys means that approximately 95 per cent of Queensland has now been fully surveyed," Mr Cripps said.

He says the surveys will help miners looking for mineral and energy resources.

"Surveys of the Thomson geological belt in southwestern Queensland examined areas considered prospective for several types of mineral resources, including copper and gold.

"The Galilee survey will be a valuable guide to future energy resource exploration, including the search for new coal, coal seam gas and geothermal resources."

Mr Cripps said the surveys would also be useful for landholders wanting to manage land on their properties in a more sustainable way.

"These maps will be a useful resource for soil mapping, vegetation management and better land use stewardship," he said.