Interactive Geology Map

The map shown below is your portal to explore the rich geological history of British Columbia! Specimens from our digital collection are georeferenced to either their geographic origin n or the museum / collection they are currently housed in and are fully searchable using the tools on the menu.

For a full guide to navigation, see the section below the map.

We are always adding new content, so please check back regularly!

Guide to Using the Interactive Map

Map Navigation

You can navigate by using your mouse and the buttons on the bottom left of the map.

+ / – Sign – Zooms into or out from the map

North Arrow – Resets the map to a ‘north up’ orientation. Click and hold this icon with your mouse and then drag the cursor to change the map orientation or viewing angle (’tilt’)

The menu on the right allows for specific searches, filters or layers to be applied to the map.

Search Location – Enter towns, cities, postal codes or other geographic features to zoom to a specific location (note that this does not currently allow the use of coordinates)

Select a Specimen – use this dropdown feature to select specimens within the collection. If you want to search for a specific mineral, the top of the list contains a search box. Type in what you are looking for (i.e. ‘gold’) and it will highlight any correlating specimens on the map.

Select a Collection – use this dropdown feature to select all specimens from a specific collection, i.e. from a particular museum.

Category Toggles – by selecting or deselecting the checkbox next to a category, you can filter what appears on the maps (i.e. only having ‘minerals’ checked will only display minerals on the map)

Layers – You can hide or unhide additional layers of information which will appear as data draped on the main map. Some layers are interactive and once turned on can be selected by the user to view additional information.