Narooma Terrane: Implications for the construction of the outboard part of the Lachlan Orogen

R. A. Glen*, I. R. Stewart, I. G. Percival

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In its type area around Narooma, the Narooma Terrane in the Lachlan Orogen comprises the Wagonga Group, which consists of the Narooma Chert overlain by the argillaceous Bogolo Formation. Conodonts indicate that the lower, largely massive (ribbon chert) part of the Narooma Chert ranges in age from mid-Late Cambrian to Darriwilian-Gisbornian (late Middle to early Late Ordovician). The upper Narooma Chert consists of shale, containing Eastonian (Late Ordovician) graptolites, interbedded with chert. Where not deformed by later faulting, the boundary between the Naroomo Chert and Bogolo Formation is gradational. At map scale, the Narooma Terrane consists of a stack of imbricate thrust slices caught between two thrust faults that juxtaposed the terrane against the coeval Adaminaby Superterrane in Early Silurian time. These slices are best defined where Narooma Chert is thrust over Bogolo Formation. The soles of such slices contain multiply foliated chert. Late extensional shear bands indicate a strike-slip component to the faulting. The Narooma Terrane, with chert overlain by muddy ooze, is interpreted to be an oceanic terrane that accumulated remote from land for ∼50 million years. The upward increase in the terrigenous component at the top of the Wagonga Group (shale, argillite, siltstone and sandstone of the upper Narooma Chert and Bogolo Formation) records approach of the terrane to the Australian sector of the Gondwana margin. Blocks of chert, argillite and sandstone reflect extensional/strike-slip disruption of the terrane as it approached the transform trench along the Gondwana-proto-Pacific plate boundary. Blocks of basalt and basalt breccia represent detritus from a seamount that was also entering the trench, There is no evidence that the Narooma Terrane or the adjacent Adaminaby Group formed in an accretionary prism/subduction complex.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)859-884
Number of pages26
JournalAustralian Journal of Earth Sciences
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

A corrigendum for this article exists in the Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, vol. 52, issue 1, p. 167. DOI: 10.1080/08120090500185052


  • Gondwana
  • Lachlan Orogen
  • Narooma Terrane
  • Ordovician
  • Southeast Australia
  • Tasmanides
  • Terranes


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