Australian Geological Provinces


Time slices through Australia's geological provinces

The Australian Geological Provinces Database contains  descriptions and spatial extents of the fundamental geological elements of the  Australian continent and its offshore surrounds.

Province types include sedimentary basins, tectonic provinces  such as cratons and orogens, igneous provinces, and metallogenic or mineral  provinces. At its simplest, a province may describe a sedimentary basin and its  fill (eg, the Sydney Basin). However, provinces may also be defined by a  complex history of tectonics, metamorphism, magmatism, or metallogenesis.

Provinces outlines, including their subsurface extent, are  compiled at around 1:1 million scale. Descriptions of the provinces  include age and geological history, parent-child hierarchy, constituent  stratigraphic units, relations to surrounding provinces, and the presence of  mineral and petroleum resources.

The Australian Geological Provinces GIS  dataset (version 2013.01) is available for download from our  website.  It is also available as a web service (WMS or ESRI map service).