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Triassic sandstone petrology of Tasmania: evidence for a Tasmania-Transantarctic basin

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Collinson, JW and Eggert, JT and Kemp, NR (1990) Triassic sandstone petrology of Tasmania: evidence for a Tasmania-Transantarctic basin. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 124 (1). pp. 61-75. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

Similar fluvial sequences of Triassic age occur in Tasmania and the Transantarctic Mountains of Victoria Land. The Tasmanian reference section at Poatina consists of Lower Triassic quartzose fluvial sandstones overlain by Middle and Upper Triassic volcaniclastic fluvial sandstones and shale containing coal. Similar, but less wel1-exposed sequences, occur in many places in Tasmania and in southern Victoria Land. The hypothetical Tasmania-Transantarctic basin was similar in scale, configuration, and history to the Sydney foreland basin. Palaeocurrent data suggest that streams flowed along the axis of the basin from Antarctica to Tasmania. Lower Triassic sandstones were deposited by braided streams, but Middle and Upper Triassic stream deposits change from braided to meandering downstream towanl Tasmania. Quartzose sandstones in the Lower Triassic were derived from northwestern Tasmania and the East Antarctic craton. The source of volcaniclastic sandstones in the Middle and Opper Triassic was a calcalkaline volcanic arc along the palaeo-Pacific margin.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 61-75
ISSN: 0080-4703
Additional Information: Copyright Royal Society of Tasmania
Date Deposited: 23 May 2012 04:02
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:34
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/13787
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