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Georgina basin-an early palaeozoic carbonate petroleum system in Queensland
Queensland contains a number of carbonate-bearing basins which are under-explored for petroleum, but contain the elements of potentially economic petroleum systems. The oldest such basin is the Neoproterozoic to Ordovician Georgina Basin which straddles the Queensland-Northern Territory border and is traversed by the Ballera to Mount Isa gas pipeline. The basin developed across several major crustal blocks resulting in regional variations in deposition and deformation. Thick Neoproterozoic rocks of the Centralian Superbasin form the base of the sequence in apparently fault-bounded, extensional sub-basins. These rocks are generally tight and source rocks are unknown. The Cambrian to Ordovician rocks have the best petroleum potential with the most prospective part of the basin being the Toko Syncline. The Burke River Structural Belt is less prospective, but is worthy of further exploration. Basin fill consists of Cambrian and Early Ordovician rocks which are dominantly carbonates, with both limestones and dolostones present. In the Early to Middle Ordovician, the rocks became predominantly siliciclastic. The main phase of deformation affecting the Georgina Basin occurred in the Devonian as part of the Alice Springs Orogeny. The Toomba Fault, which forms the western boundary of the asymmetric Toko Syncline, is a thrust fault with up to 6.5 km of uplift. The angle of thrusting is between less than 40 degrees and up to 70 degrees. Rich, marine source rocks of Middle Cambrian age i
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Conférence : Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association conference, Adelaide, AUS, 2007
ISSN : 1326-4966
APPEA journal A. 2007, vol. 47, pp. 107-126 [20 pages] [bibl. : 2 p.3/4] [nb. vol. : 1]
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