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Moon Island Beach Formation STRATNO: 12211
Current: Yes Rank: Formation, beds Status: Formal State(s): NSW
Category: Variation of published name Usage: Fully described Definition Card: No
Originator: Entry date: 01-JAN-88 Last Update: 17-APR-14
Replaced by: Previously known as: Moon Island Beach Subgroup
Description: Sandstone, shale, conglomerate, claystone and coal seams
Comments: Replaces Moon Island Beach Subgroup in part. Base raised to top of Awaba Tuff. Lower part of Subgroup now included in Boolaroo Formation. Thickness range 5-110m. 70.9 m in type section Elecom Newvale DDH 63.
Geological province: No province information available
Type state: Reference section type: well section
Maximum thickness: 110m Minimum thickness:
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Minimum age: Late Permian Ma: % from base of biozone: Age method:
Maximum age: Ma: % from base of biozone: Age method:
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Minimum age: Ma: % from base of biozone: Age method:
Maximum age: Late Permian Ma: % from base of biozone: Age method:

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Related units: Relationship: Contact Type:
Narrabeen Group overlies Moon Island Beach Formation
Awaba Tuff underlies Moon Island Beach Formation
First Reference:
REFID: 40166 Slansky, J.M., 1985, Geochemistry of high-temperature coal ashes and the sedimentary environment of the New South Wales coals, Australia. , International Journal of Coal Geology, 5(4), p339-376

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REFID: 68711 Ives, M. , Brinton, J. , Edwards, J. , Rigby, R. , Tobin, C. , Weber, C.R. 1999 Revision of the stratigraphy of the Newcastle Coal Measures Coalfield Geology Council Of New South Wales. Bulletin 1 113-119
Usage: Fully described (p118, p116 Tbl 2, p114 Fig. 2) Comments: Replaces Moon Island Beach Subgroup. Thickness range 5-110m. 70.9 m in type section Elecom Newvale DDH 63. , Of Newcastle Coal Measures , Informal constituents: Vales Point, Wallarah and Great Northern coal seams , Overlies Awaba Tuff. Overlain by Narrabeen Group. , Sandstone, shale, conglomerate, claystone and coal seams
REFID: 68493 Percival, I.G. , Meakin, N.S. , Sherwin, L. , Vanderlaan, T.A. , Flitcroft, P.A. 2012 Permian fossils and palaeoenvironments of the northern Sydney Basin, New South Wales Geological Survey of New South Wales. Quarterly Notes 138 1-23
Usage: Briefly described (p5 Fig.2) Min age from reference: Lopingian Max age from reference: Lopingian Comments: , Of the Newcastle Coal Measures. , Sandstone, shale, coal, conglomerate, claystone.
REFID: 62033 Creech, M. , Rigby, R. 2006 Revision of the Wollombi Coal measures Minfo 81 p24-25
Usage: Briefly described (p25 (Table)) Comments: Of the Newcastle Coal Measures. Includes Great Northern seam, Wallarah seam and Vales Point seam. Geological Province: Sydney Basin.
REFID: 24471 Grevenitz, P. , Carr, P. , Hutton, A. 2003 Origin, alteration and geochemical correlation of Late Permian airfall tuffs in coal measures, Sydney Basin, Australia International Journal of Coal Geology 55(1) p27-46
Usage: Briefly described (p32 Fig.4) Min age from reference: Late Permian Max age from reference: Late Permian Comments: Of Newcastle Coal Measures. Possibly stratigraphically equivalent to Loddon Sandstone Member. Geological Province: Sydney Basin.
REFID: 24157 Creech, M. 2002 Tuffaceous deposition in the Newcastle Coal Measures: challenging existing concepts of peat formation in the Sydney Basin, New South Wales, Australia International Journal of Coal Geology 51 p185-214
Usage: Briefly described (p188 Tb.1) Min age from reference: Permian Max age from reference: Permian Comments: Of the Newcastle Coal Measures. Geological Province: Sydney Basin.
REFID: 23717 Kramer, W. , Weatherall G. , Offler, R. 2001 Origin and correlation of tuffs in the Permian Newcastle and Wollombi Coal Measures, NSW, Australia, using chemical fingerprinting International Journal of Coal Geology 47(2) p115-135
Usage: Briefly described (p117 Tb.1) Min age from reference: Permian Max age from reference: Permian Comments: Of the Newcastle Coal Measures. Includes the Vales Point, Wallarah and Great Northern seams. Geological Province: Sydney Basin
REFID: 22857 Scheibner, E. , Basden, H. (ed.) 1998 Geology of New South Wales - Synthesis. Volume 2 Geological Evolution. Geological Survey of New South Wales. Memoir (Geology) 13(2) 666pp
Usage: Briefly described (p522 App.1 Tb.A1.9) Min age from reference: Late Permian Max age from reference: Late Permian Comments: Of the Newcastle Coal Measures. Conglomerate, sandstone, siltstone; Vales Point, Wallarah, Great Northern coal seams. Max. thickness: 110m. Geological Province: Sydney Basin.
REFID: 61315 New South Wales Department of Mineral Resources 1995 Sydney Basin IN Stewart, R. and Adler, D. (eds.) "New South Wales Wales Petroleum Potential" - Bulletin New South Wales. Department of Mineral Resources. Coal and Petroleum Geology Branch. Bulletin 1 p163-188
Usage: Briefly described (Table SY1) Min age from reference: Late Permian Max age from reference: Late Permian Comments: Of the Newcastle Coal Measures. Geological Province: Sydney Basin/Newcastle area.
REFID: 23055 Boyd, R. , Little, M. , Herbert, C. 1998 A new look at the Newcastle Coal Measures - two contrasting approaches to their formation and sequence stratigraphy. Advances in the Study of the Sydney Basin - Guidebook 32 47p
Usage: Mentioned (p23,Fig13p25) Comments:
REFID: 40166 Slansky, J.M. 1985 Geochemistry of high-temperature coal ashes and the sedimentary environment of the New South Wales coals, Australia. International Journal of Coal Geology 5(4) p339-376
Usage: Mentioned (Fig.2) Comments:

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