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Geological Overview of Victoria

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Unit 1: Geology of Victoria

Satellite photograph of Victoria.

Geological Overview of Victoria

Satellite photograph of Victoria.


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Summary of Melbourne
and Surrounding District
Mt Dandenong Uplift
Selwyn and Tyabb
Faults producing the
Mornington Penisula
Port Phillip Sunkland
Western Port Sunkland
Port Phillip Sunkland

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Summary of Victorian Highlands Structure Showing Old Volcanoes

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Geological Map of Melbourne (1 in 63,360)


Structural Geology and Geological Mapping
Geological maps are a very important resource for Geologists and Geotechnical Engineers
in the design and construction of most Civil Engineering structures.
Geological maps offers vast amounts of information such as:
(i) an insight into the geology underlying the potential development site,
(ii) may provide suitable local construction materials,
(iii) angles of underlying rock layers,
(iv) location of possible fault lines,
(v) presence of groundwater.
More importantly, this information is often available without even leaving the office.
For Victoria, soil and geological maps are available from the Department of Natural
Resources and Environment.

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Geological
Map
Legend

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Geological
Map of
Melbourne

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Geological Map of Melbournes Eastern Suburbs Ringwood (1 in 63,360)


Geological
Cross Section
of Melbourne
Section Line

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Geological Map of Melbournes Eastern Suburbs Ringwood (1 in 63,360)

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Geological Map of Melbournes Eastern Suburbs Ringwood (1 in 63,360)

Looking at this section in


detail from the map

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Geological Map of Melbournes Eastern Suburbs Ringwood (1 in 63,360)

Access to Geological Maps


Appendix C in your notes lists all geological maps available from the Dept of Primary
Industries. Furthermore, it will tell you which maps are available at Swinburne (held at 24
George St), which are available to be viewed.
You should also visit the Dept of Primary Industries website (www.dpi.vic.gov.au), which
should allow access to most geological maps (see notes for directions).
Melbourne and its surrounding suburbs has been geologically mapped in relative detail and
maps are available at a scale of 1 in 63,360.
Other geological map series are available at scales of 1 in 10,000, 25,000, 50,000, 100,000,
and 250,000. The 1 in 250,000 geological map series cover the entire State of Victoria and
only provides moderate detail, whereas the 1 in 10,000 maps are where specific geological
investigations have been conducted, such as around the Bendigo Goldfields areas.
If you are into Maps, Geological maps can also be purchased for about $10 each from the
Department of Primary Industries. Or in digital form via CD (250 dpi quality) at $25 per CD,
which holds about 70 of the most common geological maps.
Two copies of this CD is available in the Library Counter Reserve

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