Regolith Terrains of Australia (National Geoscience Dataset)
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Dataset citationANZLIC unique identifier: ANZCW0703002403
Title: Regolith Terrains of Australia (National Geoscience Dataset)
CustodianCustodian: Geoscience Australia
DescriptionAbstract: Australia has been divided into 392 Regolith Terrain Units on the basis of dominant topography, geology and regolith. Full details available in BMR Record 1986/27 has been used to attribute this dataset. ANZLIC search words and qualifiers:
Geographic extent name: AUSTRALIA EXCLUDING EXTERNAL TERRITORIES - AUS - Australia
Note: The format for each Geographic extent name is: Name - Identifier - Category - Jurisdiction (as appropriate) See GEN Register
Geographic bounding box:
Data currencyBeginning date: Not known
Ending date: 1998-09-01
Dataset statusProgress: Complete
Maintenance and update frequency: not planned
AccessStored data format:
Available data format:
Access constraints: Free to download
The attributes of the data set were originally compiled in hard copy, as BMR Record 1986/27. Ths data was compiled at 1:5 000 000 scale from regolith mapping work done by several authors. The accompanying 1:5 000 000 map was digitised in Arcinfo at NRIC in 1993. Polygon attributes were obtained from a selected digital version of the text Record 1986/27 at that time. In June 1998 the selected attributes of the Arcinfo dataset were reviewed and mostly discarded. New attribute data based on all the original Record 1986/27 data was compiled into a spreadsheet and compared to the regolith mapping codes used for the production of AGSO's current Regolith maps and stored in the corporate Regolith database RTMAP. Modification of some original data and the addition of classification attributes occurred on the tabular data before addition to the original Arcinfo coverage.
Nominal Scale 1:5,000,000 Highly variable since the original map was digitised at 1:5,000,000 scale.
Variable due to regolith attributes being derived from mapping work done by a series of authors compiled into BMR Record 1986/27. However in reattaching the original attributes from hardcopy to the spatial dataset the attributes were reassessed against current regolith science mapping codes and authority tables and were modified and standardised with current information.
A geoscientist visually inspected the finished dataset to make sure the attributes were accurate and the data were consistent spatially with current scientific information. Tests are also carried out on these data for data completeness, correct spatial representation, attribute accuracy, logical consistency and correctness, and where appropriate for compliance with Geoscience Australia's GIS data dictionary.
The dataset coverage is complete for the whole of continental Australia.
Contact informationContact organisation: Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia)
Position: Manager Client Services
Address: Cnr Jerrabomberra Ave and Hindmarsh Dr
Address: GPO Box 378
Phone: 02 6249 9966
Fax: 02 6249 9960
Metadata informationMetadata date: 1998-11-13 00:00:00.0
Additional metadataChan, R.A. The Regolith Terrain Map of Australia 1:5 000 000, BMR Record 1986/27 All attributes are derived from the AGSO corporate Regolith database RTMAP and are joined to the Arcinfo dataset. polygon items:- feature feature type REGOLITH for valid regolith polygons or REGOL_VOID ufi unique numeric identifier map_unit ID of mapped regolith unit regol_name name of mapped regolith unit origninator primary originator of the data regt_code the regolith type ID from RTMAP database for the mapped unit rego_class broad classification of regolith types assocaited with regt_code regolith full description of regolith in mapped unit soil full soil description including northcote references in mapped unit terrain terrain description in mapped unit l_code the landform type ID from RTMAP database for the mapped unit majorlan broad classification of regolith landforms associated with l_code minorlan description of minor landforms in mapped unit relief description of average relief of landform in mapped unit elev1 lowest elevevation of landform ASL in metres elev2 highest elevation of landform ASL in metres comments additional comments or description of regolith unit class general 5 band classification of all regolith units in Australia
Kilgour, B. , Pain, C.
This report was generated on 23 May 2013.
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