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I am a student looking for data for a GIS project to use in modeling subsurface lithology in ArcScene.

Does anyone have any suggestions regarding where I can find spatially-organized stratigraphic data including lithology for bore-holes?

It does not matter what country. As long as I have quality data, I am happy to work with it no matter the source.

  • For which country/study area? – knb Nov 6 '16 at 18:45
  • Thanks for the replies. It does not matter what country. As long as I have quality data, I am happy to work with it no matter the source. – David Huizenga Nov 12 '16 at 3:18
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IHS has several systems that have the information you need, but most of them are targeted to large corporate customers.

You can access many of them through your school, as I know they have agreements to license those systems to universities. I know geology and petroleum engineering schools in Canada use them.

https://www.ihs.com/products/petra-geological-analysis.html

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To get links to csv-files containing lithologies quickly, try

https://pangaea.de/?q=lithology

These datasets are small, and they stem from academic projects.

You can also get an impression on how lithology data were used to create models of the subsurface: For Germany, try http://geotis.de (focus on geothermal energy - relatively shallow wells, but many deep ones, too), for the world try the online-gis http://www.onegeology.org; for USA, try http://seamless.usgs.gov.

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The British Geological Survey provides free online access (through a web GIS) to scans of over a million borehole records.

Borehole records are produced from a geologist's or surveyor's observations of the rock core extracted from the ground. It typically includes locality, lithological descriptions with depth and thickness.

An example of a scan is:

BGS ID: 699361 : BGS Reference: NY86NE25

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