The Officer Basin is named after Officer Creek which is a watercourse that drains a small part of the basin.
Along with other nearby sedimentary basins of similar age (Amadeus Basin, Georgina Basin), the Officer Basin is believed to have once been part of the hypothetical Centralian Superbasin which was fragmented during several episodes of tectonic activity.
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