Canning Basin

Lithology:

Sedimentary: limestone, shale, sandstone, siltstone.

Canning Basin

Epoch Min:

Cretaceous.

Epoch Max:

Ordovician.

Age Min:

65 Ma.

Age Max:

490 Ma.

Summary:

A large intracratonic basin that occurs mainly within Western Australia with only a small portion of the basin extending into the Northern Territory.

Relationship:

Within the Northern Territory, unconformably overlies the Palaeoproterozoic Tanami Region and Neoproterozoic Murraba Basin.

Thickness:

Up to 1 km thick within the Northern Territory.

Economic:

No known occurrences in the Northern Territory. Hosts oil and gas and MVT type base metal deposits in Western Australia.



Metamorphism:

Unmetamorphosed.

Main Reference:

Dunster JN, 2013. Chapter 37: Canning Basin: in Ahmad M and Munson TJ (compilers) ‘Geology and Mineral Resources of the Northern Territory’. Northern Territory Geological Survey, Special Publication 5

Last updated: 13 October 2017