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Canning Basin

Entity ID: 22114 Compiled by: Laurie, J.R. and Stewart, A.J. Year: 2002 Status: Defined

Last Revised: 2013

Rank: province Type: sedimentary Subtype: intracratonic Location: WA On-shore and off-shore

Synonyms: NA Symbol: NA

Minimum age: Early Cretaceous Age method: inferred, biostratigraphic correlation

Maximum age: Early Ordovician Age method: inferred, biostratigraphic correlation

Summary: The underexplored, pericratonic Early Ordovician to Early Cretaceous Canning Basin of Western Australia contains over 15 km of marine and nonmarine siliciclastics and marine carbonates. Mory & Hocking (GSWA Record 2011/16, p.6, para 2, last 2 sentences) extended the Basin southwards to include Permian sedimentary rocks 'across a region previously assigned to the Officer Basin...and subsequently the Gunbarrel Basin' (which they redefined as the Cretaceous Bejah Claystone + Samuel Fm only).

Area (square kilometres): 506000
State: WA
Minimum present water depth (m): 0
Maximum present water depth (m): 100
Main rock types: carbonate sediments and sedimentary rocks
Main rock types: siliciclastic sediments and sedimentary rocks
Main depositional environment: marine and non-marine
Maximum sediment thickness (m): 15000
Resources: Zinc
Resources: Lead
Resources: Oil
Present crustal setting: continental
Country: AUS

Parent: No data

Child Provinces: No data

Interfingers - Amadeus Basin
Is contained within - Halls Creek Orogen
Overlies - Birrindudu Basin, King Leopold Orogen, Musgrave Province, Officer Basin, Paterson Orogen, Pilbara Craton, Rudall Province, Tanami Orogen

Constituent units: Anketell Formation, Babrongan Formation, Bejah Claystone, Bobs Bore Conglomerate, Bonaparte Formation, Bugle Gap Limestone, Carranya Formation, Carribuddy Group, Condren Sandstone, Fossil Head Formation, Frezier Sandstone, Grant Group, Keyling Formation, Lennard River Group, Lucas Formation, Meda Sandstone, Melligo Sandstone, Mellinjerie Limestone, Miria Formation, Nita Formation, Nullara Limestone, Nura Nura Member, Prices Creek Group, Samuel Formation, Tandalgoo Formation, Toolonga Calcilutite, Weaber Group, Willara Formation, Yellow Drum Formation, Cadjebut Formation, Kudata Dolomite, Kunian Sandstone, Anna Plains Sandstone, Bongabinni Formation, Dominic Shale, Mallowa Salt, Mount Troy Formation, Nibil Formation, Sahara Formation, Worral Formation, Baleine Formation, Carolyn Formation, Gap Creek Formation, Gumhole Formation, Stoney Creek Conglomerate, Pillara Limestone, Anderson Formation, Callawa Formation, Cronin Sandstone, Emanuel Formation, Goldwyer Formation, Lightjack Formation, Liveringa Group, Meda Formation, Nambeet Formation, Noonkanbah Formation, Parda Formation, Piker Hills Formation, Minjoo Salt, Culvida Sandstone, Sadler Limestone, Wallal Sandstone, Winifred Formation, Pedestal beds, Wilson Cliffs Sandstone, Poole Sandstone, Paterson Formation, Clanmeyer Siltstone, Behn Conglomerate, Depuch Formation, Luluigui Formation, Cooke Point Megabreccia, Barramundi Conglomerate, Bedout Formation, Mermaid Formation, Hoya Formation, Clianthus Formation, Gogo formation, Reeves Formation, Kalmanyi Member, Treachery Formation, Cudalgarra Member, Leo Member, Sadler-Pillara Limestone, Acacia sandstone, Carribuddy formation, Scutellid Bed, Beloceras Bed, Upper, Phacopid Gully Bed, Calyx Corner beds, Acacia Sandstone Member, Big Spring Formation, Crab Creek Calcilutite Member, Nelson Rocks Formation, Ungani Dolomite, Kirkby Radiolarite, Cherrabun Formation, Esko Bed

Events: Samphire Marsh Movement, Prices Creek Movement, Pillara Extension, Meda Movement, Point Moody Movement, La Grange Movement, Fitzroy Movement, Last Canning Basin Event

Mineral Deposits: Cadjebut, Wagon Pass, Oobagooma, Admiral Bay, Narlarla, Liveringa, Twelve Mile Bore, Ellendale, Pillara, Duchess-Paradise

Key Reference: Pieris, E.P.W. 2004, Mineral occurrences and exploration activities in the Canning area., Geological Survey of Western Australia. Record, 2004/3, (Refid:67516)

Comments: The extra area of Canning Basin added in 2011 (see Summary) is approx 300,000 sq. km. Bejah Claystone and Samuel Fm removed from Canning Basin and assigned to new Gunbarrel Basin in 2011 by GSWA ( R.Hocking email, 20 April 2011). Suitable for CO2 storage.

Overview: The underexplored, pericratonic Early Ordovician to Early Cretaceous Canning Basin of Western Australia occupies about 506,000 (plus 300,000 added in 2011) = 806,000 sq km, of which 730,000 sq km are onshore. It has a maximum sediment thickness of over 15,000 m concentrated in two NW trending depocentres. The northernmost of these is the Fitzroy Trough-Gregory Sub-basin complex, while the southernmost is the Willara Sub-basin-Kidson Sub-basin complex. Deposition in the basin commenced during an Early Ordovician phase of extension and rapid subsidence. Rifting was followed by a prolonged sag stage characterised by widespread evaporitic and playa conditions in the Late Ordovician and Silurian. The second basin phase was initiated by minor folding, regional uplift and erosion in the earliest Devonian, and embraces laterally extensive, aeolian and terrestrial deposits. The third phase incorporates major extension, rifting and rapid subsidence in the mid-Devonian. The sag stage following this extension was interrupted by at least two extensional tectonic pulses marked by influxes of conglomerates along the northern margins of the basin. The fourth basin phase was initiated by mid-Carboniferous compression and inversion of Devonian normal faults. This phase is marked by syntectonic fluvial deposits. The fifth phase is marked by renewed extension and rapid subsidence, coinciding with the onset of glacial conditions in the Early Permian and incorporates a sag stage with widespread transgression following the glaciation. The final tectonic phase was triggered by regional dextral wrench movements in the Late Triassic - Early Jurassic when up to 3km of uplift and erosion occurred, accompanied by extensive molasse deposition. This was followed by deposition of fluvio-deltaic and marine sediments. Only 250 wells have been drilled and 78,000km of seismic shot. Production is currently from Permo-Carboniferous sandstones (Lloyd, Sundown, etc) and Devonian carbonates (Blina) with many shows from Ordovician to Permian. Proven plays include draped bioherms, anticlinal closures and tilted fault blocks. Untested plays include unconformities, fault rollovers, diapirs and stratigraphic traps. Late Carboniferous and Jurassic mafic sills intersected in some wells, both on and offshore. Suitable for CO2 storage (Carbon Storage Taskforce, 2009, Australia's Potential for the Geological Storage of CO2, Dept resources Energy Tourism, Canberra).

Images: Canning Basin regional setting and cross-section location map (122 KB), Canning Basin stratigraphy (177 KB), Canning Basin regional cross-section (73 KB)

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