Dataset: Australian Geological Provinces, v02



This dataset and its metadata statement were supplied to the Bioregional Assessment Programme by a third party and are presented here as originally supplied.

The Australian Geological Provinces Database contains descriptions and spatial extents of the fundamental geological elements of the Australian continent and offshore surrounds. Province types include sedimentary basins, tectonic provinces such as cratons and orogens, igneous provinces, and metallogenic provinces. Spatial data has been captured largely at approximately 1:1M scale for intended use between 1:2M and 1:5M scale. This edition (2013.01) of the dataset is NOT a complete representation of all of Australia's geological provinces. Further work is required to complete the national geological province collection. Additionally, not all the provinces supplied herein have undergone a rigorous quality assurance (QA) check to ensure the accuracy and completeness of their descriptions. Where possible, provinces have been attributed with their age, contained lithostratigraphic units, relationships to other provinces, geological history, mineral resource occurrences, and selected published references. The geological definition of some provinces is contentious. While every effort has been made to achieve a consensus interpretation of each province, including significant collaboration with state and territory geological surveys, scientific debate may still occur about the nature and extent of some provinces. The full 2D spatial extent (ie, including the extent of a province under any overlying cover material) of provinces has been captured in Province Full Extent.

Full Metadata attached to the spatial dataset, viewable in ArcCatalog.

Dataset History

The spatial data (polygons and lines) was compiled typically at or around 1:1 million scale from a wide range of published surface geology maps, bedrock or basement geology maps, borehole data, and geophysical imagery. Where province boundaries crossed jurisdictional borders, Geoscience Australia worked with State and Territory geological agencies to achieve an agreed spatial extent. Descriptive attribute data was compiled from authoritative published literature wherever possible, and names of these references are supplied with the data. Not all the data in this edition of the dataset (2013.01) has undergone rigorous quality control. All province descriptions in this edition of the dataset contain an indication of whether the data has been checked or not.

Further information can be found at,+2013.01+edition

Dataset Citation

Geoscience Australia (2013) Australian Geological Provinces, v02. Bioregional Assessment Source Dataset. Viewed 13 March 2019,

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