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Regolith Terrains of Australia (National Geoscience Dataset)

Note: This metadata describes the dataset in accordance with the ANZLIC (Australia New Zealand Land Information Council) Core Metadata Guidelines Version 2.

Dataset citation

ANZLIC unique identifier: ANZCW0703002403

Title: Regolith Terrains of Australia (National Geoscience Dataset)


Custodian: Geoscience Australia

Jurisdiction: Australia



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.

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Spatial domain:

locality map

Geographic extent name: AUSTRALIA EXCLUDING EXTERNAL TERRITORIES - AUS - Australia - Australia

Geographic extent polygon: 113 -11, 153 -11, 153 -43.5, 113 -43.5, 113 -11,

Note: The format for each Geographic extent name is: Name - Identifier - Category - Jurisdiction (as appropriate) See GEN Register

Geographic bounding box:
North bounding latitude: -11 °
South bounding latitude: -43.5 °
East bounding longitude: 153 °
West bounding longitude: 113 °

Data currency

Beginning date: Not Known

Ending date: 1998-09-01

Dataset status

Progress: Complete

Maintenance and update frequency: Not Known


Stored data format:
DIGITAL - ArcGIS-coverage ArcInfo coverage Geographic WGS84
Available format type:
DIGITAL - dat Data file MapInfo Geographic WGS84
DIGITAL - shp ArcView shape file ArcView Geographic WGS84
DIGITAL - ArcGIS-coverage ArcInfo coverage Geographic WGS84

Access constraints:

Free to download

Free Data Download

Data quality


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.

Positional accuracy:

Nominal Scale 1:5,000,000

Highly variable since the original map was digitised at 1:5,000,000 scale.

Attribute accuracy:

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.

Logical Consistency:

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 information

Contact organisation: Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia) (GA)
Contact position: Manager Client Services
Mail address: Cnr Jerrabomberra Ave and Hindmarsh Dr
Mail address: GPO Box 378
Locality: Canberra
State: ACT
Country: Australia
Postcode: 2601
Telephone: 02 6249 9966
Facsimile: 02 6249 9960
Electronic mail address:

Metadata information

Metadata date: 2013-03-08

Additional metadata

Metadata reference XHTML:

Metadata reference XML:

Chan, 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

Authors:Kilgour, B. Pain, C.