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Tulsa Geological Society


Tulsa Geological Society Digest
Vol. 35 (1967), Pages 285-286

Petroleum Exploration in the Amadeus Basin, Australia: Abstract

Duncan McNaughton1


The Amadeus Basin in Western Australia covers 80,000 square miles and contains up to 30,000 feet of Late Proterozoic and Early Paleozoic marine and continental sediments. These sediments are unusual to most North American-trained geologists in that the unconformity common at the base of the Paleozoic is conspicuously absent; the Late Precambrian sediments are not metamorphosed; they contain indigenous hydrocarbons and thick salt deposits, the latter having flowed and acted as lubricating layers during a mid-Paleozoic orogeny.

The speaker discussed exploration problems encountered in the basin since 1960 by Magellan Petroleum Corporation, whom he serves as technical advisor.


Acknowledgments and Associated Footnotes

1 DeGolyer-McNaughton, Dallas, Texas

February 13, 1967

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