A dynamic fluvial model for the Sydney Basin

Patrick J. Conaghan, Gilbert Jones, Kevin L. McDonnell, Keith Royce

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Late Permian and Triassic successions of the Sydney Basin, exposed in cliffs of the north coast, south coast and Blue Mountains, include sandstones in which quartz content increases up-sequence and palaeocurrents swing from southwesterly through southeasterly to northeasterly. These basin-wide phenomena are interpreted to have resulted from the northeasterly migration of a drainage net, in which northeasterly-flowing tributaries bearing quartz sand from the craton met southwesterly-flowing tributaries bearing labile sediment from an arcuate rim-orogen, and blended in a southeasterly-flowing trunk stream down the axis of a foredeep. Migration of the drainage net records the retreat of an arc-derived clastic wedge in the latter part of a megacycle which extends from the top of the mid-Permian Nowra Sandstone to the top of the mid-Triassic Hawkesbury Sandstone. The same megacycle occurs in the Bowen Basin, and may also occur in the Nilsen-Mackay Basin of Antarctica.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-70
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of the Geological Society of Australia
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1982


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