Abstract: This GIS dataset is a compilation of existing surficial map information for Alberta, edited for mapping continuity and generalized to make it suitable for presentation and use at 1:1,000,000 scale. It is the dataset used to create Alberta Geological Survey Map 601: Surficial Geology of Alberta. The data were prepared from an intermediate dataset (Alberta Geological Survey DIG 2013-0001), which was edgematched and then the boundaries between similar polygons were ‘dissolved.’ The residual dataset was then generalized selectively using the Geological Survey of Canada’s GeoScaler software. We then added attributes describing the generalized polygons, including unit description, texture, genetic group, and geological age. The data were created as an Esri file geodatabase feature class and exported for public distribution as an Esri shapefile called Surf1M_py_ll.shp. The layer file Surf1M_py_ll.lyr is also included for the convenience of Esri software users (version 9.2).
Metadata: 
  File identifier: 
      DIG_2013_0002.xml
  Language: 
      eng; CAN
  Character set: 
    Character set code: 
      utf8
  Hierarchy level: 
    Scope code: 
      dataset
  Metadata author: 
    Responsible party: 
      Organisation name: 
          Alberta Geological Survey
      Position name: 
          AGS Information Manager
      Contact info: 
        Contact: 
          Phone: 
            Telephone: 
              Voice: 
                  (780) 638-4491
              Facsimile: 
                  (780) 422-1918
          Address: 
            Address: 
              Delivery point: 
                  Alberta Energy Regulator
              Delivery point: 
                  4th Floor, Twin Atria Building
              Delivery point: 
                  4999-98 Avenue NW
              City: 
                  Edmonton
              Administrative area: 
                  Alberta
              Postal code: 
                  T6B 2X3
              Country: 
                  Canada
              Electronic mail address: 
                  AGS-Info@aer.ca
          Hours of service: 
              8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
      Role: 
        Role code: 
          pointOfContact
  Date stamp: 

      2016-03-29
  Metadata standard name: 
      North American Profile of ISO 19115:2003 - Geographic information - Metadata (NAP-Metadata)
  Metadata standard version: 
      ISO 19115-1.1
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Spatial representation info:

Vector spatial representation: Geometric objects: Geometric objects: Geometric object type: Geometric object type code: complex Geometric object count: 18611
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Spatial representation info:

Grid spatial representation: Number of dimensions: 2 Axis Dimension Properties: Dimension: Dimension name: Dimension name type code: column Dimension size: unknown Resolution: uom: decimalDegrees 0.000000 Axis Dimension Properties: Dimension: Dimension name: Dimension name type code: row Dimension size: unknown Resolution: uom: decimalDegrees 0.000000 Cell geometry: Cell geometry code: Transformation parameter availability: false
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Reference system info:

Reference system:
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Reference system info:

Reference system: Reference system identifier: RS Identifier: Code: EPSG:4269 Code Space: http://www.epsg-registry.org/ Version: 8.4.1
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Reference system info:

xlink: https://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/docucomp/65f8b220-95ed-11e0-aa80-0800200c9a66 title: North American Datum 1983
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Reference system info:

xlink: https://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/docucomp/c3895520-95ed-11e0-aa80-0800200c9a66 title: Geodetic Reference System 1980
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Identification info:

Data identification: Citation: Citation: Title: Surficial Geology of Alberta, 1:1,000,000 scale (GIS data, polygon features) Date: Date: Date: 2013-01-01 Date type: Date type code: publication Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Energy Resources Conservation Board Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Geological Survey Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Fenton, M.M. Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Waters, E.J. Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Pawley, S.M. Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Atkinson, N. Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Utting, D.J. Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Mckay, K. Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Geological Survey Contact info: Contact: Address: Address: City: Edmonton Administrative area: Alberta, Canada Role: Role code: publisher Presentation form: Presentation form code: mapDigital Series: Series: Name: Digital Data Issue identification: DIG 2013-0002 Abstract: This GIS dataset is a compilation of existing surficial map information for Alberta, edited for mapping continuity and generalized to make it suitable for presentation and use at 1:1,000,000 scale. It is the dataset used to create Alberta Geological Survey Map 601: Surficial Geology of Alberta. The data were prepared from an intermediate dataset (Alberta Geological Survey DIG 2013-0001), which was edgematched and then the boundaries between similar polygons were ‘dissolved.’ The residual dataset was then generalized selectively using the Geological Survey of Canada’s GeoScaler software. We then added attributes describing the generalized polygons, including unit description, texture, genetic group, and geological age. The data were created as an Esri file geodatabase feature class and exported for public distribution as an Esri shapefile called Surf1M_py_ll.shp. The layer file Surf1M_py_ll.lyr is also included for the convenience of Esri software users (version 9.2). Purpose: The data were created to produce Alberta Geological Survey Map 601, which presents a seamless view of the surficial geology of Alberta. The data are suitable for GIS use at a regional or provincial scale. Credit: E.J. Waters, K. Mckay Status: Progress code: completed Point of contact: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Geological Survey Position name: AGS Information Manager Contact info: Contact: Phone: Telephone: Voice: (780) 638-4491 Facsimile: (780) 422-1918 Address: Address: Delivery point: Alberta Energy Regulator Delivery point: 4th Floor, Twin Atria Building Delivery point: 4999-98 Avenue NW City: Edmonton Administrative area: Alberta Postal code: T6B 2X3 Country: Canada Electronic mail address: AGS-Info@aer.ca Hours of service: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Role: Role code: pointOfContact Resource maintenance: Maintenance information: Maintenance and update frequency: Maintenance frequency code: irregular Descriptive keywords: Keywords: Keyword: geology Keyword: gis data Keyword: shapefile Keyword: surficial Keyword: surficial geology Type: Keyword type code: theme Thesaurus name: Citation: Title: none Date: unknown Descriptive keywords: Keywords: Keyword: 72e Keyword: 72l Keyword: 72m Keyword: 73d Keyword: 73e Keyword: 73l Keyword: 73m Keyword: 74d Keyword: 74e Keyword: 74l Keyword: 74m Keyword: 82g Keyword: 82h Keyword: 82i Keyword: 82j Keyword: 82n Keyword: 82o Keyword: 82p Keyword: 83a Keyword: 83b Keyword: 83c Keyword: 83d Keyword: 83e Keyword: 83f Keyword: 83g Keyword: 83h Keyword: 83i Keyword: 83j Keyword: 83k Keyword: 83l Keyword: 83m Keyword: 83n Keyword: 83o Keyword: 83p Keyword: 84a Keyword: 84b Keyword: 84c Keyword: 84d Keyword: 84e Keyword: 84f Keyword: 84g Keyword: 84h Keyword: 84i Keyword: 84j Keyword: 84k Keyword: 84l Keyword: 84m Keyword: 84n Keyword: 84o Keyword: 84p Keyword: alberta Keyword: canada Type: Keyword type code: place Thesaurus name: Citation: Title: none Date: unknown Resource constraints: Legal constraints: Access constraints: Restriction code: otherRestrictions Use constraints: Restriction code: otherRestrictions 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. Aggregation Info: AggregateInformation: Aggregate Data Set Name: Citation: Title: Surficial Geology of Alberta: Ungeneralized Digital Mosaic (GIS data, polygon features) Date: Date: Date: 2013-03-01 Date type: Date type code: publication Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Energy Resources Conservation Board Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Geological Survey Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Fenton, M.M. Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Waters, E.J. Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Pawley, S.M. Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Atkinson, N. Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Utting, D.J. Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Mckay, K. Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Geological Survey Contact info: Contact: Address: Address: City: Edmonton Administrative area: Alberta, Canada Online Resource: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: http://ags.aer.ca/ Role: Role code: publisher Presentation form: Presentation form code: mapDigital Series: Series: Name: Digital Data Issue identification: DIG 2013-0001 Other citation details: Association Type: Association type code: crossReference Aggregation Info: AggregateInformation: Aggregate Data Set Name: Citation: Title: Surficial Geology of Alberta Date: Date: Date: 2013-06-17 Date type: Date type code: publication Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Energy Regulator Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Geological Survey Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Fenton, M.M. Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Waters, E.J. Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Pawley, S.M. Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Atkinson, N. Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Utting, D.J. Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Mckay, K. Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Geological Survey Contact info: Contact: Address: Address: City: Edmonton Administrative area: Alberta, Canada Online Resource: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: http://ags.aer.ca/ Role: Role code: publisher Presentation form: Presentation form code: mapDigital Series: Series: Name: Map Issue identification: MAP 601 Other citation details: Scale 1:1000000, ISBN 978-1-4601-0095-0 Association Type: Association type code: crossReference Spatial representation type: Spatial representation type code: vector Language: eng; CAN Topic category: Topic category code: geoscientificInformation Extent: Extent: Geographic element: Geographic bounding box: West bound longitude: -120 East bound longitude: -110 South bound latitude: 48.997571 North bound latitude: 60.003789 Temporal element: Temporal extent: Extent: Time period: Description: ground condition Begin date: 1970-01-01 End date: 2012-01-01 Supplemental Information: Language: In English;
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Content info:

Feature catalogue description: Included with dataset: false Feature catalogue citation: Citation: Title: Entity and Attribute Information Date: Other citation details: Detailed Entity and Attribute information is provided with the dataset, formatted as Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata.
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DISTRIBUTION INFO:

Distribution: Distributor: Distributor: Distributor contact: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Geological Survey Position name: AGS Information Manager Contact info: Contact: Phone: Telephone: Voice: (780) 638-4491 Facsimile: (780) 422-1918 Address: Address: Delivery point: Alberta Energy Regulator Delivery point: 4th Floor, Twin Atria Building Delivery point: 4999-98 Avenue NW City: Edmonton Administrative area: Alberta Postal code: T6B 2X3 Country: Canada Electronic mail address: AGS-Info@aer.ca Hours of service: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Role: Role code: distributor Transfer options: Digital transfer options: Online: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://static.ags.aer.ca/files/document/DIG/DIG_2013_0002.zip Name: SHP
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Data quality info:

Data quality: Scope: Scope: Hierarchy level: Scope code: dataset Report: Absolute external positional accuracy: Name of measure: Horizontal Positional Accuracy Measure description: Evaluation method description: The estimated accuracy of the primary input dataset (Alberta Geological Survey DIG 2013-0001) is +/- 1500 m. Generalization applied to the data will have further reduced positional accuracy by as much as 1000 m. We, therefore, estimated the ultimate positional accuracy to be +/- 2500 m. This dataset is only intended for use at 1:1,000,000 scale or smaller. Result: Quantitative result: Value unit: Base unit: Identifier: Units system: xlink: http://www.bipm.org/en/si/ Value: Report: Completeness commission: Result: unknown Report: Completeness omission: Evaluation method description: This dataset covers all of Alberta. Result: unknown Report: Conceptual consistency: Measure description: Data are contiguous, topologically correct polygons as built and enforced using ArcGIS software. Result: unknown Report: Non quantitative attribute accuracy: Measure description: This dataset has been generalized so that attributes (e.g., unit classification) at a given location may be locally inaccurate at large scales. The data are only intended for use at 1:1,000,000 scale or smaller. Result: inapplicable Lineage: Lineage: Statement: This dataset covers all of Alberta. Process step: Process step: Description: Alberta Geological Survey (AGS) dataset DIG 2013-0001, Surficial Geology of Alberta: Ungeneralized Digital Mosaic (GIS data, polygon features), is an interim dataset produced while generating this dataset and AGS Map 601. Starting with AGS DIG 2013-0001 as the input source, we followed these steps: 1. Dissolved surficial mosaic input data on MAP_LABEL. 2. Eliminated polygons < 450,000 square metres, but excluded units classified as fluvial (F), fluvioglacial (FG), or colluvial ©. 3. Reclassified all glacier polygons to undifferentiated moraine. Dissolved all areas originally mapped as lake or anthropogenic. 4. Ensured reclassification is correct. 5. Fixed discrepancies along individual map area boundaries by reclassifying and, in some cases, re-mapping border areas to produce a smoother transition between them. 6. Clipped out and generalized subareas using GeoScaler software; tiled the results back together. This was a subjective, iterative process. Depending on the nature of the geography of a given subarea, we needed different parameters to produce a desirable outcome. The GeoScaler polygon generalization parameters used for the cellular automata (CA) model vary across the province. The input areas were prepared at cell sizes ranging between 150 m and 500 m. Generalization parameter values used were Moore’s neighbourhood radius = 2 in all cases, CA iterations = 5 in all cases, and minimum polygon output size ranged between 10 and 20 grid cells. 7. 'Permanent snow and ice' features were extracted from CanVec data. We generalized these 50,000-scale polygons using GeoScaler. Vector data were converted to a 150 m cell-size grid. Generalization parameter values used were Moore’s neighbourhood radius = 2, CA iterations = 10, and minimum polygon output size = 20 grid cells. We deleted polygons less than 1,000,000 square metres in the generalized result. 8. The generalized results from Step 6 were updated with the generalized glaciers from Step 7. 9. Output from step 8 were updated with generalized outlines of Lakes Claire and Athabasca taken from million-scale National Framework data, and classified as 'Lacustrine'. 10. Attributes were added to the feature class, which we then exported as a shapefile for public distribution. All GIS work was performed using ArcGIS v. 9.3 software. Date and time: 2012-01-01T00:00:00 Source: Source: Description: Source Contribution: This is the source map data for all individually mapped areas of Alberta, compiled into a single feature class.database Scale: Representative fraction: Denominator: 0 Source citation: Citation: Title: Surficial Geology of Alberta: Ungeneralized Digital Mosaic (GIS data, polygon features) Alternate title: AGS DIG 2013-0001 Date: Date: Date: 2013-03-01 Date type: Date type code: publication Edition: Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Energy Resources Conservation Board Role: Role code: resourceProvider Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Geological Survey Role: Role code: resourceProvider Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Fenton, M.M. Role: Role code: resourceProvider Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Waters, E.J. Role: Role code: resourceProvider Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Pawley, S.M. Role: Role code: resourceProvider Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Atkinson, N. Role: Role code: resourceProvider Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Utting, D.J. Role: Role code: resourceProvider Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Mckay, K. Role: Role code: resourceProvider Presentation form: Presentation form code: mapDigital Series: Series: Name: Digital Data Issue identification: DIG 2013-0001 Other citation details: Source extent: Extent: Temporal element: Temporal extent: Extent: Time period: Description: ground condition Begin date: 1970-01-01 End date: 2012-01-01 Source: Source: Description: Source Contribution: input for generalized glaciersonline Scale: Representative fraction: Denominator: 50000 Source citation: Citation: Title: CanVec digital topographic data Alternate title: CanVec data Date: Date: Date: 2012-01-01 Date type: Date type code: publication Edition: v.10 Presentation form: Presentation form code: mapDigital Series: Series: Name: Issue identification: Other citation details: Accessed Dec. 3, 2012. Source extent: Extent: Temporal element: Temporal extent: Extent: Time instant: Description: ground condition Time position: 1994-01-01 Source: Source: Description: Source Contribution: Approximate extent of lacustrine sediment beneath Lakes Claire and Athabasca.online Scale: Representative fraction: Denominator: 1000000 Source citation: Citation: Title: National framework data Alternate title: Atlas Framework data Date: Date: Date: 2009-01-01 Date type: Date type code: publication Edition: Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Natural Resources Canada Role: Role code: resourceProvider Presentation form: Presentation form code: mapDigital Series: Series: Name: Issue identification: Other citation details: 1:1 000 000 scale Source extent: Extent: Temporal element: Temporal extent: Extent: Time instant: Description: publication date Time position: 2009-01-01
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Metadata constraints:

Legal constraints: Access constraints: Restriction code: otherRestrictions Use constraints: Restriction code: otherRestrictions Other constraints: Metadata Access Constraints: none Metadata Use Constraints: none
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Metadata maintenance:

Maintenance information: Maintenance and update frequency: unknown Maintenance note: This metadata was automatically generated from the FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadatastandard version FGDC-STD-001-1998 using the January 2013 version of the FGDC CSDGM to ISO 19115-2 transform. Metadata author: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Geological Survey Position name: AGS Information Manager Contact info: Contact: Phone: Telephone: Voice: (780) 638-4491 Facsimile: (780) 422-1918 Address: Address: Delivery point: Alberta Energy Regulator Delivery point: 4th Floor, Twin Atria Building Delivery point: 4999-98 Avenue NW City: Edmonton Administrative area: Alberta Postal code: T6B 2X3 Country: Canada Electronic mail address: AGS-Info@aer.ca Hours of service: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Role: Role code: custodian
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