Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA) virtual tours offer an interactive exploration of the geology of Western Australia from the comfort of your lounge or favourite café. View the tours through either ArcGIS StoryMap or Google Earth. Each tour contains a rich suite of photos, video, maps and text.
Deep time in the Murchison region, Western Australia
This virtual tour explores the geological evolution of the Murchison between about 3.7 and 2.5 billion years ago. Photos, video, engaging imagery and interactive maps let you peel back the thick blanket of rusty soil to discover parts of Western Australia’s unique geological story. Connect the geological origins of the landscape to sites of significance for local Aboriginal people, and historical gold exploration days of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Take a dive into Deep time in the Murchison region, Western Australia in ArcGIS StoryMap.
Meteorites in Western Australia
Meteorites are potentially life-threatening, destructive, extraterrestrial visitors from space. They have also potentially seeded life on Earth and may have delivered the first water to this planet. The oldest recognized meteorite impact structure on Earth is right here in Western Australia. This is the Yarrabubba impact structure, which formed about 2.23 billion years ago.
Learn more about Meteorites — alien invaders in ArcGIS StoryMaps.
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Wadjemup / Rottnest Island
Journey through the geology and landscape of Rottnest Island, Western Australia, over the past about 150 000 years. Using an interactive map, explore 12 sites where evidence from geological and coastal features build a tangible picture of rapidly changing marine and terrestrial environments.
Take a tour of Wadjemup / Rottnest Island — Geology Explorer in ArcGIS StoryMaps.
Discovery trails to early Earth
The Discovery trails virtual tour is based on Discovery trails to early earth - a traveller’s guide to the east Pilbara of Western Australia. The tour comprises six discovery trails across the east Pilbara, centred on Marble Bar. Each trail looks at the ancient rocks, and allows users to appreciate the formation of different landscapes, marvel at their longevity, and enjoy the ambience of this ancient and harsh, but beautiful, environment.
Download Discovery trails to early earth — a virtual tour to the east Pilbara of Western Australia from the DMIRS eBookshop.
Mafic–ultramafic intrusions of the Youanmi Terrane
This Google Earth virtual field excursion is aimed at the experienced geologist. It is adapted from a field guide (GSWA Record 2016/6) that was prepared for a workshop. Follow the excursion stops as if driving the route, or jump to sites of particular interest based on geology or mineralization. Each site description includes photos, diagrams and maps to uncover the significance of these rocks.
Download Virtual tour of the mafic–ultramafic intrusions of the Youanmi Terrane from the DMIRS eBookshop.
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