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Historic Deep Seismic Soundings (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: ANZCW0703002404

Title: Historic Deep Seismic Soundings (National Geoscience Dataset)


Custodian: Geoscience Australia

Jurisdiction: Australia



This dataset shows where Geoscience Australia has completed deep seismic soundings in Australia. It is generated from a database containing coordinates of all onshore seismic traverses recorded since 1964.

ANZLIC search words:

  • GEOSCIENCES Geophysics

Spatial domain:

locality map

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

Geographic extent polygon: 112 -6, 153 -6, 153 -44, 112 -44, 112 -6,

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

Geographic bounding box:
North bounding latitude: -6 °
South bounding latitude: -44 °
East bounding longitude: 153 °
West bounding longitude: 112 °

Data currency

Beginning date: 1976-01-01

Ending date: 1998-09-01

Dataset status

Progress: Complete

Maintenance and update frequency: Not Known


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

Access constraints:

Free to download

Free Data Download

Data quality


Historic deep seismic sounding coordinates, all surveyed points, to 3rd order surveying standard, are extracted from a PETROSYS database. The extracted ASCII file data is used to create a point coverage in Arcinfo, adding the identifying information, as well as feature and ufi (necessary QA/QC items).

Positional accuracy:

Nominal Scale 1:10,000

Seismic station coordinates are all surveyed points, to 3rd order surveying standard and are extracted from a database so positional accuracy is high.

Attribute accuracy:

High, only one attribute is extracted directly from a database.

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:

point items:-

feature coded with 'HISTORIC_SS'

ufi unique numeric identifer

desc text description to identify point

Authors:Goleby, B. Kilgour, B.