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Regolith of the Cape York Peninsula, North Queensland (CYPLUS project)

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: ANZCW0703006501

Title: Regolith of the Cape York Peninsula, North Queensland (CYPLUS project)


Custodian: Geoscience Australia

Jurisdiction: Australia



Regolith in the CYPLUS area in North Queensland consists of both in situ weathered bedrock and transported materials. In situ weathered bedrock includes:

* Deep weathering profiles with bauxite, mottled and pallid zones, found on remnant land surfaces

* Residual sand over moderately weathered saprolite in areas of relatively low geomorphic activity

* Thin soils lying directly on slightly weathered or unweathered bedrock on steeper slopes and unstable areas

Transported regolith includes:

* Large areas of alluvium in fans in the east, and a small area of slightly dissected fan alluvium in the south west

* Narrow strips of alluvium, with occasional terraces, along the major rivers

* Coastal sediments (beach ridges and estuarine sediments)

* Small areas of colluvium in footslopes below steeper hill slopes

Iron cementing forms immature ferricrete in a few locations. Siliceous cementing is more widespread, both in present valley floors, and as silcrete in alluvium that now caps small remnant land surfaces.

ANZLIC search words:

  • GEOSCIENCES Geology Mapping

Spatial domain:

locality map

Geographic extent name: CAPE YORK PENINSULA - CYP - Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation of Australia (IBRA) - Australia

Geographic extent polygon: 142 -10.5, 145.5 -10.5, 145.5 -16, 142 -16, 142 -10.5,

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

Geographic bounding box:
North bounding latitude: -10.5 °
South bounding latitude: -16 °
East bounding longitude: 145.5 °
West bounding longitude: 142 °

Data currency

Beginning date: 1990-07-01

Ending date: 1997-07-01

Dataset status

Progress: Not Known

Maintenance and update frequency: Not Known


Stored data format:
DIGITAL - ArcGIS-coverage ArcInfo coverage WGS84
Available format type:
DIGITAL - ArcGIS-coverage ArcInfo coverage WGS84

Access constraints:

Subject to terms and conditions outlined in license.txt file.

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Data quality


From 1990 to 1993 AGSO (now Geoscience Australia) collaborated on a National Geoscience Mapping Agreement project on Cape York Peninsula. Regolith mapping was supported by the Cape York Peninsula Land Use Strategy (CYPLUS).

Regolith landform units were compiled on 1:80,000 aerial photographs and Landsat TM images at 1:100,000. Linework was trasnferred to stable bases at 1:100,000, and then digitised. Polygon attributes are assigned to each mapping unit. Details can be obtained from the RTMAP Field Handbook, available from the Geoscience Australia web site.

Positional accuracy:

Nominal scale 1:250,000. These data were compiled at 1:100,000.

Polygon boundaries approximate accuracy 250m

Attribute accuracy:


Logical Consistency:

Arc coverage has been built with no label errors or intersecting arcs. Data structure conforms to the Geoscience standard for a regolith dataset.

A regolith geoscientist visually inspected the finished dataset to ensure the attributes were accurate and the data were consistent spatially with current scientific information. Tests were also carried out on these data for completeness, correct spatial representation, attribute accuracy, logical consistency and correctness, and where appropriate for compliance with Geoscience Australia's data dictionary


Dataset is complete for extent of Cape York Peninsula to 16 degrees south.

The dataset is complete for intended use at 1:250 000 scale.

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

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Authors:Pain, C.F. Wilford, J.R. Dohrenwend, J.C.