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Mount Chandler Sandstone STRATNO: 12576
Current: Yes Rank: Formation, beds Status: Formal State(s): SA , WA
Category: Unknown or process pending Usage: Redefined Definition Card: No
Originator: Entry date: 01-JAN-88Last Update: 20-AUG-18
Replaced by: Previously known as: Mount Chandler Quartzite
Description: Sandstone, well rounded, fine to medium-grained quartz; sandstone, feldspathic, burrowed; siltstone and shale.
Comments: Redefined 1982.
Geological province: Officer Basin
Type state: SAReference section type:
Maximum thickness: mMinimum thickness:
Unit Age Event: deposition
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Minimum age: Ordovician Ma: 450 % 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: Ordovician Ma: 457 % from base of biozone: Age method:

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Related units: Relationship: Contact Type:
Indulkana Shale overlies Mount Chandler Sandstone
Byilkaoora Formation underlies Mount Chandler Sandstone
Trainor Hill Sandstone underlies Mount Chandler Sandstone disconformity
Marla Group underlies Mount Chandler Sandstone disconformity
Table Hill Volcanics underlies Mount Chandler Sandstone
First Reference:
REFID: 44535 Barnes, T.A., 1959, Alberga South Australia 4-mile geological series map. Sheet G/53-9 Zone 4., Bureau of Mineral Resources, Australia, Map

Definition Reference:
REFID: 38329 Benbow, M.C., 1982, Stratigraphy of the Cambrian-?Early Ordovician, Mount Johns Range, NE Officer Basin, South Australia., Royal Society of South Australia. Transactions, 106(3/4), p191-211

Use on maps:
REFID: 30923 Geological Survey of South Australia., 1976, Lindsay, South Australia, 1:250 000 geological atlas series map. Sheet SH/54-16, 1st edition., Geological Survey of South Australia, 1v
REFID: 31698 Krieg, G.W., 1972, Everard, South Australia, 1:250 000 geological series map. Sheet SG/53-13, 1st edition., Geological Survey of South Australia, 1v
REFID: 39352 Geological Survey of South Australia., 1983, Geological map of South Australia, 1:1 000 000. 2nd edition., Geological Survey of South Australia, 1v
REFID: 43053 Cowley, W.M., Freeman, P.J., 1993, Geological Map South Australia. 1:2 000 000 scale., Geological Survey of South Australia, 1v, map
REFID: 43258 Cowley, W.M., Freeman, P.J., 1994, Geological map of South Australia Prelim. edit. 1:1 000 000 (2 sheets), Geological Survey of South Australia, 1v, Map
REFID: 43298 Cowley, W.M., Freeman, P.J., 1994, Geology of South Australia 1:1 000 000 Map., Department of Mines and Energy, South Australia, 1v, Map
REFID: 44535 Barnes, T.A., 1959, Alberga South Australia 4-mile geological series map. Sheet G/53-9 Zone 4., Bureau of Mineral Resources, Australia, Map
REFID: 60953 Geological Survey Branch (compiler), S.A., 2000, Geological Map of South Australia 1:2 000 000, Geological Survey of South Australia, 1v, Map
REFID: 61108 Cowley, W.M., Fairclough, M.C., 2003, Surface geology of the Gawler Craton, 1:1 000 000, preliminary edition, South Aust. Geol. Surv., map


Full Bibliographic Details (ordered by usage, publication year)

REFID: 38329 Benbow, M.C. 1982 Stratigraphy of the Cambrian-?Early Ordovician, Mount Johns Range, NE Officer Basin, South Australia. Royal Society of South Australia. Transactions 106(3/4) p191-211
Usage: Redefined (p208) Min age from reference: Ordovician Max age from reference: Ordovician Comments: See also P194.
REFID: 23282 Morton, J.G.G. , Drexel, J.F. 1997 The petroleum geology of South Australia. Volume 3: Officer Basin. South Australia. Department of Mines and Energy Resources. Report Book 97/19 173p
Usage: Defined (p80) Max age from reference: Late Ordovician Comments: Equiv to Pacoota Sandstone of Amadeus Basin. 'Mount Chandler Sandstone' introduced by Coats (1963), redefined by Benbow (1982). DO NOT CONFUSE WITH CHANDLER FORMATION OF AMADEUS BASIN. of Munda Group, Officer Basin. Age: Late Ordovician 457-450Ma.
REFID: 34612 Wopfner, H. , Thomson, B.P. , Ludbrook, N.H. 1969 Palaeozoic era. IN Parkin L.W.(ed) - Handbook of South Australian geology. Geological Survey of South Australia 1v p84-132
Usage: Fully described (p111) Comments: Ordovician. P108. Fossils P111.
REFID: 44133 Drexel, J.F. , Preiss, W.V. 1995 The geology of South Australia. Volume 2 - The Phanerozoic. Geological Survey of South Australia. Bulletin 54 347pp
Usage: Described (p40, 4 Fig. 7.2) Min age from reference: Middle Paleozoic Max age from reference: Early Paleozoic Comments: Geological Province: Eastern Officer Basin. Of the 'Munda Sequence'. Gradationally overlies Byilkaoora Formation. Disconformably overlies: Trainor Hill Sandstone, Marla Group. Correlated with Boongar beds.
REFID: 35628 Krieg, G.W. 1973 Everard, South Australia, 1:250 000 geological series explan atory notes. Sheet SG/53-13. Geological Survey of South Australia 1v 30pp
Usage: Described (Table 3) Comments:
REFID: 44535 Barnes, T.A. 1959 Alberga South Australia 4-mile geological series map. Sheet G/53-9 Zone 4. Bureau of Mineral Resources, Australia Map
Usage: Described (map legend) Max age from reference: Ordovician Comments: (G/53-9).
REFID: 71146 Mory, A.J. 2017 A Paleozoic perspective of Western Australia Geological Survey of Western Australia 58p
Usage: Briefly described (p6) Min age from reference: Late Ordovician Max age from reference: Middle Ordovician Comments: Officer Basin. , Munda Group , Unconformably overlies the Table Hill Volcanics. Overlain by the Indulkana Shale and Blue Hills Sandstone. , Sandstone.
REFID: 69445 Glass, L.M. , Ahmad, M. , Dunster, J.N. 2013 Chapter 30: Kalkarindji Province. IN 'Geology and mineral resources of the Northern Territory', Ahmad M. and Munson T.J. (compilers) Northern Territory Geological Survey. Special Publication 5 30:1-17
Usage: Briefly described (p30:5-6, 17) Comments: Officer Basin. , Overlies Kulyong Formation (now Table Hill Volcanics).
REFID: 65313 Retallack, G.J. 2009 Cambrian, Ordovician and Silurian pedostratigraphy and global events in Australia Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 56(4) p571-586
Usage: Briefly described (p578, p580 Fig. 8) Min age from reference: Early Ordovician Max age from reference: Late Cambrian Comments: Officer Basin. Ungoolya 1 well. , Of Munda Group. , Overlies Table Hill and Kulyong Volcanics (484 +/- 4 Ma and 483.6 +/- 20 Ma K-Ar dates); underlies Indulkana Shale.
REFID: 62570 Kovalevych, V.M. , Zang W.-L. , Peryt, T.M. , Khmelevska, O.V. , Halas, S. , Iwasinska-Budzyk, I. , Boult, P.J. , Heithersay, P.S. 2006 Deposition and chemical composition of Early Cambrian salt in the eastern Officer Basin, South Australia Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 53(4) p577-593
Usage: Briefly described (p580 Figs. 2 and 3) Min age from reference: Middle Cambrian Max age from reference: Middle Cambrian Comments: Geological Province: Officer Basin. Mount is Mt in text.
REFID: 61108 Cowley, W.M. , Fairclough, M.C. 2003 Surface geology of the Gawler Craton, 1:1 000 000, preliminary edition South Aust. Geol. Surv. map
Usage: Briefly described (map legend) Min age from reference: Silurian Max age from reference: Silurian Comments: Spelt Mt on map legend. Of Munda Group. Shallow marine to fluviodeltaic sandstone, siltstone and shale. Age: ?Silurian.
REFID: 24112 Tingate, P.R. , Duddy, I.R. 2002 The thermal history of the eastern Officer Basin (South Australia): evidence from apatite fission track analysis and organic maturity data Tectonophysics 349 (1-4) p251-275
Usage: Briefly described (p254 Fig.2) Min age from reference: Late Ordovician Max age from reference: Early Ordovician Comments: Mount is spelt Mt. in text. Of the Munda Group. Geological Province: Officer Basin
REFID: 23524 Haddad, D. , Watts, A.B. , Lindsay, J. 2001 Evolution of the intracratonic Officer Basin, central Australia: implications from subsidence analysis and gravity modelling. Basin Research 13 p217-238
Usage: Briefly described (p221 Fig. 3) Min age from reference: Ordovician Max age from reference: Ordovician Comments: Mount is Mt. in text.
REFID: 23858 Haines, P.W. , Hand, M. , Sandiford, M. 2001 Palaeozoic synorogenic sedimentation in central and northern Australia: a review of distribution and timing with implications for the evolution of intracontinental orogens Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 48(6) p911-928
Usage: Briefly described (p917) Min age from reference: Ordovician Max age from reference: Cambrian Comments: Geological Province: Officer Basin.
REFID: 60953 Geological Survey Branch (compiler), S.A. 2000 Geological Map of South Australia 1:2 000 000 Geological Survey of South Australia 1v Map
Usage: Briefly described (Map Legend) Min age from reference: Silurian Max age from reference: Silurian Comments: Of the Munda Group. Mount is Mt in text.
REFID: 22746 Calver, C.R. , Lindsay, J.F. 1998 Ediacarian sequence and isotope stratigraphy of the Officer Basin, South Australia. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 45(4) p513-532
Usage: Briefly described (Fig.3 p515) Min age from reference: Ordovician Max age from reference: Ordovician Comments: Spelt Mt Chandler Sandstone
REFID: 44109 Glikson, A.Y. , Stewart, A.J. , Ballhaus, C.G. , Clarke, G.L. , Feeken, E.H.J. , Leven, J.H. , Sheraton, J.W. , Sun, S-S. 1996 Geology of the western Musgrave Block, central Australia, with particular reference to the mafic-ultramafic Giles Complex. Australian Geological Survey Organisation. Bulletin 239 206pp
Usage: Briefly described (p22 Fig. 22) Min age from reference: Ordovician Max age from reference: Ordovician Comments: Geological Province: central Officer Basin. Mount is Mt in text of figure.
REFID: 43258 Cowley, W.M. , Freeman, P.J. 1994 Geological map of South Australia Prelim. edit. 1:1 000 000 (2 sheets) Geological Survey of South Australia 1v Map
Usage: Briefly described (Map Legend) Min age from reference: Devonian Max age from reference: Ordovician Comments:
REFID: 43298 Cowley, W.M. , Freeman, P.J. 1994 Geology of South Australia 1:1 000 000 Map. Department of Mines and Energy, South Australia 1v Map
Usage: Briefly described (Map Legend) Min age from reference: Devonian Max age from reference: Ordovician Comments:
REFID: 43053 Cowley, W.M. , Freeman, P.J. 1993 Geological Map South Australia. 1:2 000 000 scale. Geological Survey of South Australia 1v map
Usage: Briefly described (Map Legend) Min age from reference: Devonian Max age from reference: Ordovician Comments: Spelt Mt Chandler Sandstone. Of the "Munda Sequence". Shallow marine to deltaic sandstone, siltstone and shale.
REFID: 43052 Drexel, J.F. , Preiss, W.V. , Parker, A.J. 1993 The geology of South Australia. Volume 1 - The Precambrian. Geological Survey of South Australia. Bulletin 54 242pp
Usage: Briefly described (p198) Comments:
REFID: 49792 Lindsay, J. , Leven, J. , Krieg, G. 1991 Seismic data acquisition proposal, central Officer Basin, South Australia. Bureau of Mineral Resources, Record 91/ 63 25pp
Usage: Briefly described (Fig.5) Comments:
REFID: 40003 Shepherd, R.G. 1983 Underground water resources of South Australia. Geological Survey of South Australia. Bulletin 48 p9-66
Usage: Briefly described (Table 15) Comments:
REFID: 40136 Webby, B.D. , VandenBerg, A.H.M. , Banks, M.R. , Burrett, C.F. , Cooper, R.A. , Henderson, R.A. , Laurie, J. , Stait, B. 1981 Alphabetical list of rock units. IN Webby B.D.(ed) - The Ordovician system in Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica. International Union of Geological Sciences. Publication 6 p14-46
Usage: Briefly described (p32) Comments:
REFID: 24067 Krieg, G.W. , Jackson, M.J. , van de Graaf, W.J.E. 1976 Officer Basin IN Economic Geology of Australia and Papua New Guinea 3. Petroleum. Leslie, R.B., Evans, H.J. & Knight, C.L. (Editors) AusIMM. Monograph Series 7 p247-253
Usage: Briefly described (p242) Min age from reference: Paleozoic Max age from reference: Paleozoic Comments: Geological Province: Officer Basin.
REFID: 32431 Nichol, D. 1976 Opal occurrences near Granite Downs Homestead. South Australia. Department of Mines. Mineral Resources Review 139 p99-101
Usage: Briefly described (p99) Comments:
REFID: 23818 Parkin, L.W. 1969 Handbook of South Australian Geology Geological Survey of South Australia 1v 268p
Usage: Briefly described (p108) Min age from reference: Ordovician Max age from reference: Ordovician Comments: Presence of Scolithus and Cruziana fossils.
REFID: 22922 Morton, J.G.G. 1997 Petroleum Geology of the Officer Basin MESA Journal 5 p31-35
Usage: Mentioned (34) Comments:
REFID: 43743 Morton, J.G.G. 1997 Petroleum geology of the Officer Basin. MESA Journal 5 p31-35
Usage: Mentioned (Fig.2,p33) Max age from reference: Ordovician Comments:
REFID: 23054 Rogers, P.A. , Freeman, P.J. 1996 Warrina 1:250000 Geological Series Sheet SH53-3 - Explanatory Notes. Geological Survey of South Australia 44p
Usage: Mentioned (p36) Comments:
REFID: 43690 Leven, J.H. , Lindsay, J.F. 1995 A geophysical investigation of the southern margin of the Musgrave Block, South Australia. AGSO Journal of Australian Geology and Geophysics 16(1/2) p155-161
Usage: Mentioned (Fig.2,p157) Max age from reference: Cambrian Comments:
REFID: 23288 Zang, W. 1995 Early Neoproterozoic sequence stratigraphy and acritarch biostratigraphy, eastern Officer Basin, South Australia Precambrian Research 74 p119-175
Usage: Mentioned (Fig.5) Max age from reference: Early Ordovician Comments:
REFID: 43657 Lindsay, J.F. , Reine, K. 1995 Well-log data, Officer Basin, South Australia Australian Geological Survey Organisation. Record 1995/2 p1-10 + charts
Usage: Mentioned (Fig.3,p4) Max age from reference: Ordovician Comments:
REFID: 43732 Lindsay, J. , Leven, J. , Kreig, G. 1993 Central Officer Basin, South Australia, Siesmic Data Acquisition 1993 Australian Geological Survey Organisation. Record 1993/89 p1-18
Usage: Mentioned (Fig.4,p5) Max age from reference: Early Ordovician Comments:
REFID: 40945 Brewer, A.M. , Dunster, J.N. , Gatehouse, C.G. , Henry, R.L. , Weste, G. 1987 A revision of the stratigraphy of the eastern Officer Basin. Geological Survey of South Australia, Quarterly Geological Notes 102
Usage: Mentioned (Fig.3) Comments:
REFID: 40926 Krieg, G.W. 1985 Dalhousie, South Australia, 1:250 000 geological series explanatory notes. Sheet SG/53-11. Geological Survey of South Australia 1v 64pp
Usage: Mentioned (p11) Comments:
REFID: 39352 Geological Survey of South Australia. 1983 Geological map of South Australia, 1:1 000 000. 2nd edition. Geological Survey of South Australia 1v
Usage: Mentioned (Map legend) Min age from reference: Ordovician Max age from reference: Ordovician Comments:
REFID: 38022 Barnes, L.C. , Townsend, I.J. 1982 Opal. South Australia's gemstone. Department of Mines and Energy, South Australia Handbook No.5
Usage: Mentioned (Fig.4) Comments:
REFID: 36920 Vozoff, K. , Cull, J.P. 1981 An electromagnetic method for rapid basin evaluation and some special problems. APEA Journal 21(1) p165-171
Usage: Mentioned (Table 1) Comments:
REFID: 45149 Jackson, M.J. , van de Graaf, W.J.E. 1981 Geology of the Officer Basin, Western Australia. Bureau of Mineral Resources, Australia. Bulletin 206
Usage: Mentioned (p43) Comments: See also Table 1.
REFID: 36096 Pitt, G.M. , Benbow, M.C. , Youngs, B.C. 1980 A review of recent geological work in the Officer Basin, South Australia. APEA Journal 20(1) p209-220
Usage: Mentioned (Fig.3) Comments:
REFID: 36491 Jago, J.B. , Youngs, B.C. 1980 Early Cambrian trilobites from the Officer Basin, South Australia. Royal Society of South Australia. Transactions 104(6) p197-199
Usage: Mentioned (Fig.2) Comments:
REFID: 36128 Crooks, A.F. , Gatehouse, C.G. 1980 Large trilobite track from Ellery Creek, Northern Territory. Geological Survey of South Australia, Quarterly Geological Notes 73 13-15
Usage: Mentioned (p13) Comments:
REFID: 33738 Webby, B.D. 1978 History of the Ordovician continental platform shelf margin of Australia. Geological Society of Australia. Journal 25(1) p41-63
Usage: Mentioned (p58) Comments:
REFID: 35149 Thornton, R.C.N. 1978 The geological results of the drilling of Manya No.1 and Marla No.1. South Australia. Department of Mines. Mineral Resources Review 143 p47-65
Usage: Mentioned (Table 4) Comments:
REFID: 31457 Jackson, M.J. 1978 Waigen, Western Australia, 1:250 000 geological series explanatory notes. Sheet SG/52-14. Bureau of Mineral Resources, Australia & Geological Survey of WA 1v 16pp
Usage: Mentioned (p13) Comments:
REFID: 30075 Campbell, K.S.W. , Rogers, P.A. , Benbow, N. 1977 Fossiliferous Lower Devonian boulders from the Cretaceous of South Australia. Geological Survey of South Australia, Quarterly Geological Notes 62 p9-13
Usage: Mentioned (p12) Comments:
REFID: 33491 Thornton, R.C.N. 1977 Oodnadatta town bore 2. Well completion report. South Australia. Department of Mines. Mineral Resources Review 141 p51-63
Usage: Mentioned (p55) Comments:
REFID: 30923 Geological Survey of South Australia. 1976 Lindsay, South Australia, 1:250 000 geological atlas series map. Sheet SH/54-16, 1st edition. Geological Survey of South Australia 1v
Usage: Mentioned (Map legend) Min age from reference: Mesozoic Max age from reference: Paleozoic Comments: Palaeozoic - Mesozoic
REFID: 33523 Townsend, I.J. 1976 Stratigraphic drilling in the Arckaringa Basin. South Australia. Department of Mines. Report of Investigations 45
Usage: Mentioned (p20) Comments:
REFID: 33578 Valentine, J.T. 1975 Mount Chandler quartzite deposit. South Australia. Department of Mines. Mineral Resources Review 137 p77-82
Usage: Mentioned (p77) Comments: Ordovician
REFID: 30807 Forbes, B.G. , Richards, E.F. 1975 Regional geological mapping and cartographic procedures. South Australia. Department of Mines. Mineral Resources Review 137 p91-103
Usage: Mentioned (p102) Comments: Suggested map symbol
REFID: 30544 Devine, S.B. , Youngs, B.C. 1975 Review of the Palaeozoic stratigraphy and petroleum potential of northern South Australia. APEA Journal 15(1) p45-54
Usage: Mentioned (p49) Comments:
REFID: 31972 Major, R.B. 1974 The Boongar Beds. Geological Survey of South Australia, Quarterly Geological Notes 50 p2-5
Usage: Mentioned (p4) Comments: Cambro-Ord. age relationships
REFID: 31969 Major, R.B. 1973 The Wirrildar beds. Geological Survey of South Australia, Quarterly Geological Notes 45 p8-10
Usage: Mentioned (p9) Comments:
REFID: 31698 Krieg, G.W. 1972 Everard, South Australia, 1:250 000 geological series map. Sheet SG/53-13, 1st edition. Geological Survey of South Australia 1v
Usage: Mentioned (Map legend) Min age from reference: Middle Ordovician Max age from reference: Early Ordovician Comments: ?Lower to ?Middle Ordovician
REFID: 34280 Krieg, G. 1969 Geological developments in the eastern Officer Basin of South Australia. APEA Journal 9(2) p8-13
Usage: Mentioned (p10) Comments: L.Ord.
REFID: 34610 Wopfner, H. 1969 Lithology and distribution of the Observatory Hill Beds, eastern Officer Basin. Royal Society of South Australia. Transactions 93 p169-187
Usage: Mentioned (p178) Comments: Ordovician

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