GSWA renames stratigraphic well and tectonic element of the Canning Basin

Well and tectonic element have been renamed after nearby Barnicarndy Hills.
Date: Thursday, 01 April 2021

The Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA) has renamed the Waukarlycarly Embayment, a tectonic element in the southwest Canning Basin, to Barnicarndy Graben. The Waukarlycarly 1 deep stratigraphic well drilled into the element has also been renamed Barnicarndy 1, and a fault along the western edge of the graben has been renamed the Barnicarndy Fault.  

The name changes were agreed upon following consultation with Western Desert Lands Aboriginal Corporation on the cultural significance of the Waukarlycarly name.   

In 1994, GSWA named the embayment after nearby Lake Waukarlycarly, following the geological tradition of naming geological entities after associated topographic features. The new name is based on the Barnicarndy Hills located in the graben.

For more information, contact Leon Normore or Peter Haines.