Let’s talk about rocks!
Minecraft is a popular gaming platform for exploring 3D worlds and as part of our commitment to engage with students, teachers and citizen scientists we are creating Minecraft models of selected regions of Alberta's geology.
Join us on a 3D adventure to explore the...
Video from the Peace River Self-guided Tour Model
Join a virtual reality (360 video) tour of the Peace River area geology Minecraft model narrated by an AGS geologist and learn about the interesting geological features buried deep beneath the surface.
Link to the Virtual Reality (360 video) guided tour page
Click on the regional geology models below for more info and to download the Minecraft files:
Peace River area: Solid Model
Peace River area: Transparent Model
Peace River area: Self-guided Tour Model
Dinosaur Provincial Park: Campground Model
Dinosaur Provincial Park: Regional Model
Why build geological models in Minecraft?
We are developing Minecraft models to engage with people of all ages as they explore Alberta’s subsurface geology in a whole new way. These models bring robust scientific information from our 3D Geological Framework to an interactive gaming platform, allowing users to mine through the subsurface while discovering and learning about Alberta’s geology.
What Minecraft models are available?
The AGS’s first Minecraft models were built for the Peace River area in northwestern Alberta. Using a selected set of geological surfaces from our 3D Peace River Geological Model the Minecraft models were created by translating the geological model into Minecraft-readable format. The models cover an area of 74 471 km2.
We have also built Minecraft models of Dinosaur Provincial Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site) to allow users to explore the geological setting of this important site. The models combine regional geological surfaces with a detailed elevation map of the ground surface to show where the bedrock units are exposed in the spectacular badlands of the Red Deer River Valley. Access to much of this area is restricted and off limits to Park visitors, but our Minecraft models allow you to explore and dig just like the early dinosaur fossil hunters.
The Dinosaur Provincial Park Regional Minecraft Model covers 341 km2, and is great for exploring the geology within and around the Dinosaur Provincial Park boundary.
The Dinosaur Provincial Park Campground Minecraft Model covers 9 km2, and is a more detailed model of the area immediately surrounding the Dinosaur Provincial Park Visitor Center and campground.
If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions on what you would like to see included within our Minecraft models, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
These Minecraft worlds were built by the Alberta Geological Survey for educational and outreach purposes. This is not an official Minecraft product and is not associated with Mojang