Had a chat with a geologist mate who mentioned a discussion he had with a hydrology consultant recently. Among topics discussed were the source of the water for the Great Artesian Basin (GAB), the overlying Pedirka Basin and abiotic oil theory. Seems the consultant prefers the standard theory that these artesian water deposits are formed from rainwater in the uplands, and definitely not from the subsurface as an upper mantle lower crust emission as described by the late Lance Endersbee. Yet my mate told me that the same consultant was excited over the theory of abiotic oil.
How contradictory could one be? Definitely a case of being of two minds.
And it appears the NT Geological Survey believes there exists a connection between the Pedirka Basin and the underlying GAB, a theory which my interlocutors thought risible. The standard of geological thinking seems to be following that found in climate science – accelerating rapidly downwards, a progression not necessarily being consciously aimed at, I suspect.