Pine Creek Orogen


Sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous: greywacke, shale, siltstone, sandstone, dolostone, tuff, granite, felsic volcanic rocks, dolerite, basalt, micaceous schist, metapelite, calc-silicate rock, quartzite.

Pine Creek Orogen

Epoch Min:


Epoch Max:


Age Min:

1800 Ma.

Age Max:

2050 Ma.


Variably deformed and metamorphosed Palaeoproterozoic metasedimentary and intrusive rocks forming part of the North Australian Craton.


Overlies Neoarchaean basement. Unconformably overlain by Palaeo-Mesoproterozoic  McArthur and Birrindudu basins, Palaeozoic Daly and Arafura basins and Phanerozoic Money Shoal Basin.


Up to 14 km.


Hosts a variety of mineral commodities including gold, uranium, base metals, PGE, iron ore, manganese, magnesite and phosphate.


Lower greenschist to granulite.

Main References:

Ahmad M and Hollis JA, 2013. Chapter 5: Pine Creek Orogen: in Ahmad M and Munson TJ (compilers) ‘Geology and Mineral Resources of the Northern Territory’. Northern Territory Geological Survey, Special Publication 5

Last updated: 01 February 2019


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