The Alberta Geological Survey (AGS) developed a 3D geological model of the Peace River area in Minecraft format to engage with people of all ages as they explore Alberta’s subsurface in a whole new way. This model brings robust scientific information generated from our 3D Geological Framework models into an interactive gaming platform, allowing users to mine through the subsurface, and discover Alberta's geology.

The Minecraft model of the Peace River area, in northwest Alberta, is the first Minecraft model built by the AGS. The model covers 74,471 km2. This hollow version of the model is shown using a 50 times vertical exaggeration, and each Minecraft block represents approximately 1250 m x 1250 m x 25 m. This version contains an interactive guided tour of the model highlighting various geological features.

Use of this Minecraft model requires the installation of Minecraft software to view the model.

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MacCormack, T.J. and Galloway, E.J. (2017): Hollow 3D geological model with guided tour of the Peace River area, generalized for Minecraft (Minecraft format); Alberta Energy Regulator, AER/AGS Information Series 147.