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Clastic Petroleum Reservoirs of the Late Proterozoic and Early Paleozoic Amadeus Basin, Central Australia

  • John F. Lindsay
  • John D. Gorter
Part of the Frontiers in Sedimentary Geology book series (SEDIMENTARY)

Abstract

The Amadeus basin is a broad intracratonic depression that formed the setting for the deposition of as much as 14 km of predominantly shallow-marine sediments during the Late Proterozoic and Early Paleozoic (Figs. 3.1, 3.2). The basin, which covers approximately 155,000 km2, lies at the center of the Australian craton to the south of Alice Springs. From east to west, along its longest axis, it extends for 800 km. It is one of a number of similar shallow intracratonic depressions that were initiated across the Australian craton in the Late Proterozoic. They are the product of two separate and distinct periods of crustal extension that appears to relate to the breakup of the Proterozoic supercontinent (Lindsay et al., 1987). All these basins contain shallow-marine to non-marine successions, and all appear to have been interconnected through much of their history.

Keywords

Trace Fossil Highstand System Tract Transgressive System Tract Reservoir Sandstone Lowstand System Tract 
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  • John D. Gorter

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