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Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA)

The geology of Shark Bay is available here.

The Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA) is a division within the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) that publishes reports, maps, and state-of-the-art databases documenting the geology of Western Australia.

This information provides the building blocks for the design of resource exploration programs in Western Australia. It is also critical in Government decision making, particularly on economic and land use issues. Since the 1880s GSWA has been gathering, synthesizing, and publishing information on the State's geology, and mineral and petroleum resources.


GSWA maps the geology of Western Australia to produce robust interpretations of tectonic setting, crustal architecture and geological evolution that can be fed into regional exploration models.

Mineral exploration

Find out how GSWA’s mineral exploration group is promoting investment in the resources sector.

Oil, gas and geothermal

Access reports, maps, and GIS information on the geological and resource potential of Western Australia's large sedimentary basins. Both onshore and offshore exploration information can be downloaded free from the WAPIMS database.

Geoheritage and education

GSWA has an extensive catalogue of information about geology and related areas including geotourism, earth science, mapping, and geological time and its processes. Information found here is useful for students of all ages interested in Western Australian geology.

News, events and training

Get the latest news from GSWA, find out about upcoming events and get free database training.