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Layer 02 Great Artesian Basin base of Cenozoic surface (GABWRA)


This dataset was supplied to the Bioregional Assessment Programme by a third party and is presented here as originally supplied. The metadata was not provided by the data supplier and has been compiled by the programme based on known details.

Surface produced for the Great Artesian Water Resource Assessment (GABWRA) by Geoscience Australia (http://www.ga.gov.au). This surface was created for 3D visualisation of the Base of Cenozoic sequence. It was used in Figure 3.1 of Ransley TR and Smerdon BD (Eds) (2012) Hydrostratigraphy, hydrogeology and system conceptualisation of the Great Artesian Basin. A technical report to the Australian Government from the CSIRO Great Artesian Basin Water Resource Assessment. CSIRO Water for a Healthy Country Flagship, Australia.

The surface is available in the following formats

  1. GOCAD surface (.ts)

  2. ESRI grid

  3. ASCII grid (.grd)

Use limitations:

  1. GOCAD surface requires program capable of reading GOCAD *.ts (triangulated surface) files

  2. ASCII grid data requires re-interpolation by end-user resulting in minor differences to accompanying GOCAD *.ts surface

This layer is part of a set comprised of:

Layer 01 3-second Digital Elevation Model surface (catalogue #75990)

Layer 02 Base of Cenozoic surface (catalogue #75991)

Layer 03 Base of Mackunda Formation and equivalents surface (catalogue #76021)

Layer 04 Base of Rolling Downs Group surface (catalogue #76022)

Layer 05 Base of Hooray Sandstone and equivalents surface (catalogue #76023)

Layer 06 Base of Injune Creek Group surface (catalogue #76024)

Layer 07 Base of Hutton Sandstone surface (catalogue #76025)

Layer 05-07 Base of Algebuckina Sandstone surface (catalogue #76952)

Layer 08A Base of Evergreen and Marburg formations (catalogue #76026)

Layer 08B Base of Poolowanna Formation (catalogue #76953)

Layer 09 Base of Precipice Sandstone and equivalents surface (catalogue #76027)

Layer 10 Base of Jurassic-Cretaceous sequence surface (catalogue #76028)

This dataset and associated metadata can be obtained from www.ga.gov.au, using catalogue number 75991.

Dataset History


For the Karumba and Kalpowar basins, seismic interpretation used information sourced McConachie et al (1997). Stratigraphic well picks from company well-completion reports for exploration drilling in the region - available from the QDEX database (Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines, 2012), Blake et al (1984) and BMR stratigraphic drilling reports (Gibson et.al., 1974).

Stratigraphic drill-hole data on the Eromanga Basin came from PEPS-SA (South Australian Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources & Energy, 2011) and the QPED database (Geological Survey of Queensland, 2010). Data sourced from contours and maps in Moussavi-Harami & Alexander (1998), Kellett et al (2004, 2008), Senior (1968) and Langford et al (1995). Digital thickness data was sourced from the Office of Water, Dubbo, NSW (Sue Hamilton, Pers. Comm., 2012). Contours for thicknesses in the Kingoonya Paleochannel were sourced from Hou et al (2007)


The surface was clipped to the Assessment boundary (Ransley & Smerdon (Eds.) 2012).


For details on data processing, refer to "The three-dimensional visualisation of the Great Artesian Basin: A report to the Australian Government from the CSIRO Great Artesian Basin Water Resource Assessment" Nelson G. et. al 2012


See http://www.ga.gov.au/metadata-gateway/metadata/record/gcat_75991

Dataset Citation

Geoscience Australia (2013) Layer 02 Great Artesian Basin base of Cenozoic surface (GABWRA). Bioregional Assessment Source Dataset. Viewed 27 November 2017, http://data.bioregionalassessments.gov.au/dataset/29c68318-d3bb-432a-90a2-c96d5df7af0b.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Title Layer 02 Great Artesian Basin base of Cenozoic surface (GABWRA)
Type Dataset
Language eng
Licence Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/au/, (c) Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia)
Data Status active
Update Frequency never
Landing Page https://data.gov.au/data/dataset/c9ab7ace-7bd1-4997-9f47-479f9d095354
Date Published 2017-12-01
Date Updated 2022-04-13
Contact Point
Bioregional Assessment Program
Temporal Coverage 2017-12-01 00:00:00
Geospatial Coverage POLYGON ((0 0, 0 0, 0 0, 0 0))
Jurisdiction NONE
Data Portal data.gov.au
Publisher/Agency Bioregional Assessment Program