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Wonthaggi Formation STRATNO: 33943
Current: Yes Rank: Formation, beds Status: Informal State(s): VIC
Category: Variation of published name Usage: Described Definition Card: No
Originator: Entry date: 12-JAN-00 Last Update: 26-JUN-14
Replaced by: Previously known as:
Description: Lithic volcaniclastic sandstone, arkose, siltstone, minor conglomerate and coal; fluvial.
Comments: Alternate informal variation for upper Strzelecki Group from another author. Re-named the Eumeralla Formation by VandenBerg et al. (2006) and VandenBerg (2008); the Wonthaggi Formation name is retained for Eumeralla Formation-equivalent rocks in the Gippsland Basin.
Geological province: No province information available
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Maximum thickness: 2500m Minimum thickness:
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Minimum age: Cretaceous Ma: % from base of biozone: Age method:
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Tyers Subgroup underlies Wonthaggi Formation
Tyers Conglomerate underlies Wonthaggi Formation
Thorpdale Volcanic Group overlies Wonthaggi Formation unconformity
Neerim Volcanic Group overlies Wonthaggi Formation unconformity
First Reference:
REFID: 23911 Bryan, S.E., Constantine, A.E., Stephens, C.J., 1997, Early Cretaceous volcano - sedimentary successions along the eastern Australian continental margin: Implications for the breaqk-up of eastern Gondwana, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 153, p85-102

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REFID: 23911 Bryan, S.E. , Constantine, A.E. , Stephens, C.J. 1997 Early Cretaceous volcano - sedimentary successions along the eastern Australian continental margin: Implications for the breaqk-up of eastern Gondwana Earth and Planetary Science Letters 153 p85-102
Usage: Described (p93, p95 Fig. 9B) Min age from reference: Albian Max age from reference: Barremian Comments: Geological Province: Gippsland Basin. Max. Thickness: >2500m. Of the Strzelecki Group. Underlying Unit: Tyers Subgroup.
REFID: 68116 Welch, S.I. , Higgins, D.V. , Callaway, G.A. 2011 Surface geology of Victoria 1:250 000 Geological Survey of Victoria 1v 114p
Usage: Briefly described (Appendix, Maps 51-52, 56-57.) Min age from reference: Early Cretaceous Max age from reference: Early Cretaceous Comments: , Lithic volcaniclastic sandstone, arkose, siltstone, minor conglomerate and coal; fluvial.
REFID: 66244 Morand, V.J. 2010 Stratigraphic name changes in the Melbourne Zone, Seamless Geology Project Geological Survey of Victoria Technical Record 2010/1 12p
Usage: Briefly described (p5, p6.) Comments: Re-named the Eumeralla Formation by VandenBerg et al. (2006) and VandenBerg (2008); it has identical mineralogical and radiometric RGB image characteristics across southern Victoria. Because of its entrenched use in the petroleum industry, the Wonthaggi Formation name is retained for Eumeralla Formation-equivalent rocks in the Gippsland Basin. , Is overlain unconformably by the Thorpdale and Neerim Volcanic Groups.
REFID: 64570 McDougall, I. 2008 Geochronology and the evolution of Australia in the Mesozoic Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 55(6/7) p849-864
Usage: Briefly described (p858) Comments: Of Otway Group. Geological Province: Gippsland Basin.
REFID: 50043 Rich, T.H. , Vickers-Rich, P. 2003 Protoceratopsian? ulnae from Australia Queen Victoria Museum, Launceston. Records 113 12p
Usage: Briefly described (p2, p6, 8, 12) Min age from reference: Early Aptian Max age from reference: Early Aptian Comments: Description of Serendipaceratops arthurcclarkei sp.nov. holotype and type location. , Of Strzelecki Group.
REFID: 24164 Moore, D.H. , Wong, D. 2002 Eastern and Central Gippsland Basin, Southeast Australia; Basement Interpretation and Basin Links Victorian Initiative for Minerals and Petroleum Report 69 52p
Usage: Briefly described (p9 Fig.4, p19, p23, p25, p41 Tb.2) Max age from reference: Late Jurassic Comments: Younger part of the Strzelecki Group includes almost all the onshore outcrops. Basalt flows lie below some of oldest parts of Wonthaggi Formation. Interflow sediments at base of the underyling flows are Late Jurassic, ~150 Ma, spore pollens (R. watherooensis). , Strzelecki Group , Overlies Tyers River Subgroup , Mafic volcaniclastic detritus
REFID: 61302 Mehin, K. , Bock, M.P. 1998 Cretaceous source rocks of the onshore Gippsland Basin, Victoria VIMP Report 54 98p
Usage: Briefly described (p9, p11 Fig.4) Min age from reference: Cretaceous Max age from reference: Cretaceous Comments: Of the Strzelecki Group. Overlies the Tyers Conglomerate. Geological Province: Gippsland Basin.
REFID: 24561 Van de Beuque, S. , Stagg, H.M.J. , Sayers, J. , Willcox, J.B. , Symonds, P.A. 2003 Geological framework of the Northern Lord Howe Rise and Adjacent areas Geoscience Australia. Record 01 92p
Usage: Mentioned (p41) Min age from reference: Cenomanian Max age from reference: Barremian Comments: Upper part of Strzelecki Group. Geological Province: Gippsland Basin.
REFID: 24551 Birch, W.D. (ed.) 2003 Geology of Victoria Geological Society of Australia. Special Publication 23 842p
Usage: Mentioned (p566) Comments:
REFID: 22476 Tosolini, A-M.P. , McLoughlin, S. , Drinnan, A.N. 1999 Stratigraphy and fluvial sedimentary facies of the Neocomian lower Strzelecki Group, Gippsland Basin, Victoria. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 46(6) p951-970
Usage: Mentioned (p953) Comments: Repeat of informal name for upper Strzelecki Group from other literature.

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