Digital Surficial Geological Data of the Halifax Metropolitan and Surrounding Areas, NS

DP ME 447, Version 1, 2011. Digital Geological Data Generated as Part of the Surficial Mapping Project of the Halifax Metropolitan and Surrounding Areas, Halifax, and Hants Counties, Nova Scotia, by D. J. Utting.


This digital product is a compilation of surficial geological data of the Halifax Metropolitan area which was defined by Dan Utting using a LiDAR derived bare-earth hillshade model. The LiDAR data was collected by PHB Lasermap, and provided by Halifax Regional Municipality. The data was used to create Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources (NSNR&R) Open File Maps OFM ME 2011-001 to 2011-012, compiled by D. J. Utting, 2011. The digital product was created by the NSNR&R, Mineral Resources Branch (MRB) staff. The digital product contains layers for geological features such as: age dates, drumlins, eskers, geological contacts, surficial geologic units, ice movement, moraines, meltwater, neatline, station locations, and large aggregate quarries.


The DATA is provided to the USER on an "as is" basis, without warranties of any kind, express or implied.

The entire risk as to the quality and accuracy of the DATA is with the USER and the USER shall use his/her own judgment in making use of the DATA or drawing conclusions based upon it.

NR&R shall not be liable to the USER, his/her clients, servants, agents, contractors, assigns, or to any other person for any loss or damage of any kind including personal injury or death arising from the use of the DATA or accompanying written materials, or from errors, deficiencies or faults therein, whether such damage is caused by negligence or otherwise. If errors or omissions are found in the DATA, the USER will notify NR&R.

The terms and conditions of the license accompany the downloaded digital product.

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Format and Projection


ArcInfo Interchange Format (E00), DXF/DBF, ArcView 3.2a shape files (SHP), ArcInfo File Geodatabase (GDB), and TXT files compressed in self-extracting EXE/ZIP files (more information on data formats)


E00 - 58.9 MB (compressed), 287 MB (uncompressed)
DXF/DBF - 55.8 MB (compressed), 372 MB (uncompressed)
SHP - 94 MB (compressed), 171 MB (uncompressed)
GDB - 43.1 MB (compressed), 54.1 MB (uncompressed)


The data is in six-degree Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) projection, Zone 20, Central Meridian 63° 00' West using the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD83).

Downloading Instructions

The data files have been compressed using PKZIP into a single, self-extracting EXE file.

  1. Read the Licence before accepting the data.
  2. Download the self-extracting EXE file to the desired location on your hard drive.
  3. Double click or "RUN" the EXE file and the data files will be unzipped automatically.

The EXE file can also be opened in WinZip to view and extract the compressed files in the data set.

On UNIX platforms, the unzip command will extract the compressed files in the EXE.

All data sets are in six-degree Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) Zone 20 projection using the NAD83 datum.

A readme file and a copy of the licence agreement are also included with each data set.

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