If you want to fly through the subsurface and walk along the top of geological surfaces, then come and explore the Peace River Minecraft Transparent Model.

Two formats are available for download:

Playing Minecraft on an Android or iOS device? Click here.
Playing Minecraft on a PC or Mac? Click here.

What will I see in the Peace River Transparent Model ?

The Peace River Transparent Model is constructed using stained-glass Minecraft blocks so that you can more easily see the extent of the geological layers. Refer to the Navigating Tips below for information on how to move around and mine through the geological layers of this model.

Explore this Minecraft Model on an Android or iOS Mobile Device

System Requirements

You will need a licensed copy of Minecraft. Search for Minecraft on the App Store or Google Play Store on your mobile device to download.
Installation Instructions


1) Use your mobile device to download the .mcworld file


2a) Your device may automatically prompt you to open the .mcworld file in Minecraft once it has been downloaded.

2b) If you are not prompted automatically, manually open the .mcworld file (should appear in your downloads folder). This action should launch Minecraft. 3a) Once Minecraft opens, you should see a message "Level import started…". The message "Level import finished successfully" will appear when the world is ready to play. Note: the imported world will not necessarily appear at the top of your list of worlds. 3b) If the message "Level import failed" appears, try moving the .mcworld file into your Minecraft/games/com.mojang/minecraftWorlds folder and then retry manually opening the file.

To enhance visualization of the model, here are some adjustments that can be made to the video settings:
- From the main menu select "Settings" then "Video".
- Increase Brightness using the slider.
- Toggle off Beautiful Skies and Render Clouds.
- Increase the render distance to slightly less than the maximum distance that your device will support. 

Explore this model on a PC or Mac

System Requirements

You will need:
1) A licensed copy of Minecraft.
Don’t have Minecraft? You can download a copy here.
2) At least 3 GB of free disk space (to be able to download all 3 models)
3) 4 GB of RAM

Installation Instructions

1) Download the ZIP file containing the Minecraft model files to the Downloads folder on your computer.
2) Right click on the ZIP file in the Downloads folder and click "Extract All". Extract both the metadata and model folders to the Desktop (or another preferred location) using the Browse button.
3) Start up Minecraft using the desktop icon.
4) Click "Play" at the bottom of the window.
5) Once the Minecraft home screen has loaded, select "Options", then "Resource Packs".
6) Select "Open resource pack folder". A new window will appear. You will use this window to move the geological model world files into Minecraft.
7) Navigate to the folder where you extracted the Minecraft files, select the Minecraft model folder and, using your right mouse button, select Cut.
8) Click the back arrow and use the address bar to navigate to the ".minecraft" folder.
9) Open the "saves" folder.
10) Use the right mouse button to Paste the Minecraft model folder into the "saves" folder.
11) You can then close the window, select Done in the Select Resource Packs window, and Done in the Options window.
12) Start your Minecraft game and select the geological model world to play.

To enhance visualization of the model, here are some adjustments that can be made to the video settings:

- From the main menu click "Options" then "Video Settings".
- Change brightness slider to "Bright".
- Turn clouds setting to "Off".
- Increase the render distance to the maximum distance that your computer will support. We suggest starting with a value slightly less than the maximum.

Navigating Tips

To move around in the Minecraft models, you will need to use the following keys on your computer keyboard;
W - Move forward
A - Move left
S - Move backwards
D - Move right
Spacebar - Jump
If you press the spacebar twice quickly, you will be able to fly. To stop flying, simply press the spacebar quickly two times.

To descend while flying, press the left-shift key.

Legend of Rock Units

The Minecraft blocks in this model represents approximately 1250 m × 1250 m in the horizontal (X and Y) directions. The vertical exaggeration of this model has been set to 50 times, which means that each block represents approximately 25 m in the vertical (Z) direction.

Learn More

Peace River Geological Model

Virtual Reality (360-video) guided tour of the Peace River Minecraft Model

Investigation of Odours and Emissions from Heavy Oil and Bitumen in the Peace River Oil Sands Area: 3-D Geological Modelling and Petroleum Geochemistry

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