General Information
File Identifier: DIG_2003_0012.xml
Metadata Language: eng; CAN
Metadata Date Stamp: 2016-03-29
Organization: Alberta Geological Survey
Organization Role: pointOfContact
Identification Information
Title: GIS compilation of structural elements in Alberta, version 3.0 (GIS data, line features)
Dataset Publication Date: 2015-01-01
Dataset Language: eng; CAN
Abstract: This dataset (lineaments_ln_ll.shp) comprises structural features compiled into GIS format from existing literature, published up to 2003. The data represent fault/lineament locations known or inferred in the Alberta Plains. We have chosen to digitize and publish all lineaments from source maps even where they extended beyond the Alberta boundary. Each compiled feature is characterized by a set of attributes including: affected formations (oldest affected and oldest non-affected stratigraphic unit), fault type, fault sense of displacement, evidence used to infer the fault/lineament, original reference information and publication scale, and an estimate of the georeferencing error. The completeness of the captured attribute set varies for each feature as a function of the level of detail in the source article. The data set should be used cautiously. First, the original authors’ interpretation of subsurface faults, particularly of ‘basement faults’, from air photo or satellite imagery lineaments is tenuous. Second, the vast majority of faults inferred in the foreland basin (Alberta Plains) east of the deformation front are normal-slip faults; although only the dip slip component has been inferred, some of these faults may also have a strike-slip component, generally not accounted for. Third, the location of lineaments includes cumulative errors inherent in the process of transferring into GIS lineaments traced by hand in the pre-computer era on small scale (regional) paper-copy maps. Such errors include spatial imprecisions in original lineament identification and drawing and errors in georefencing of the source map, as well as minor errors introduced during lineament digitization. Although each of them is minor at the scale of the original map, the cumulative effect of these errors may be significant and even misleading for large-scale (township or larger) projects.
Hierarchy Level: Dataset
Data Type: Vector
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Other Constraints Access Constraints: Public Use Constraints: Acknowledgement of the Alberta Energy Regulator/Alberta Geological Survey as the originator/source of this information is required as described in the Open Government License - Alberta. Distribution Liability: The Alberta Energy Regulator/Alberta Geological Survey (AER/AGS) licenses this information under the Open Government License - Alberta. Any references to proprietary software in our documentation, and/or any use of proprietary data formats in our releases, do not constitute endorsement by the AER/AGS of any manufacturer's product.
Data Theme
Theme Topics: geoscientificInformation
Reference System Information
Reference System URN: EPSG:4269
Reference System Organization ID:
Spatial Domain
West Bounding Longitude: -124.92196
South Bounding Latitude: 48.00311
East Bounding Longitude: -100.245045
North Bounding Latitude: 64.013218
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Data Quality Information
Scope (quality information applies to): Dataset
Data History: This compilation records major lineaments in Alberta, as published in the literature. A literature search identified other pertinent data from sources including assessment reports and press releases by mineral exploration companies.
Contact Information
Organization: Alberta Geological Survey
Contact Position: AGS Information Manager
Address: Alberta Energy Regulator
City: Edmonton
State: Alberta
Postal Code: T6B 2X3
Country: Canada
Telephone: (780) 638-4491
Fax: (780) 422-1918
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