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Spatial representation of the Tectonic Elements Database (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: ANZCW0703003402

Title: Spatial representation of the Tectonic Elements Database (National Geoscience Dataset)


Custodian: Geoscience Australia

Jurisdiction: Australia



This dataset is a spatial represention of a database of the Tectonic Elements of the Australian region (mainly offshore), based on AGSO interpretations of existing datasets and on other published information. The database is under constant development as AGSO carries out new interpretations.

ANZLIC search words:

  • MARINE Geology and Geophysics

Spatial domain:

locality map

Geographic extent name: AUSTRALIA INCLUDING EXTERNAL TERRITORIES - AUSAAT - Australia - Australia

Geographic extent polygon: 38 0, -160 0, -160 -75, 38 -75, 38 0,

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

Geographic bounding box:
North bounding latitude: 0 °
South bounding latitude: -75 °
East bounding longitude: -160 °
West bounding longitude: 38 °

Data currency

Beginning date: 1993-01-01

Ending date: 2000-08-01

Dataset status

Progress: Complete

Maintenance and update frequency: Not Known


Stored data format:
DIGITAL - ArcGIS-coverage ArcInfo coverage Geographic WGS84
Available format type:
DIGITAL - shp ArcView shape file ArcView Geographic WGS84
DIGITAL - ascii ASCII text

Access constraints:

In-house use only - no standard has been defined for this dataset

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Data quality


The original database is held in Petroseis and updated every time there is a substantial quantity of new information available. The database can be exported as a series of shapefiles which were merged to form this dataset; alternatively, it can be exported as a series of simple ASCII files which can then be reformatted for input to other software packages.

Positional accuracy:

Nominal Scale 1:2 000 000

Attribute accuracy:


Logical Consistency:

A geoscientist visually inspected the finished dataset to make sure the attributes were accurate and the data were consistent spatially with the quality-controlled database it was derived from. 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.


Complete for the coverage of continental Australia and Australia's continental margins.

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:

There is more information on the Tectonic Elements Database contained

in the word document AGSO_record_1993_3.doc stored with the dataset.

line items

name if specified the name of the tectonic element

type the type of the tectonic element

Authors:Stagg, H. Kilgour, B.