Worldwide distribution of continental rock lithology (2003)

Data creator : Philippe Amiotte Suchet [1] [2]
[1] : Laboratoire Biogéosciences (UMR 6282) (Université de Bourgogne)
[2] : Observatoire des Sciences de l'Univers - Terre, Homme, Environnement, Temps, Astronomie (UAR 3245) (Université de Bourgogne)
Description :
Global map of the main rock types exposed on the continental areas (present day).
This map has been constructed and digitized from synthetic lithological and soil maps published by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO-UNESCO) for each continent, and from additional other sources. The resolution is one by one degree. Six different rock types are distinguished: sands and sandstones, carbonate rocks, shales, plutonic and metamorphic rocks, acid volcanic rocks, basalts.
Disciplines :
geochemistry & geophysics (sciences of the universe), geosciences, multidisciplinary (sciences of the universe)
Access details :
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General metadata

Data acquisition date : from 1993 to 2003
Data acquisition methods :
  • Derived or compiled data :
    Compilation et interprétation de données cartographiques à l'échelle continentale d'origines multiples (cartes géologiques, pédologiques, lithologiques,...) puis digitalisation pour l'ensemble des surfaces continentales à la résolution de 1 degré par 1 degré
Update periodicity : no update
Language : English (eng)
Audience : University: master, Research, Informal Education


Spatial coverage :

Publications :
  • Worldwide distribution of continental rock lithology: Implications for the atmospheric/soil CO2 uptake by continental weathering and alkalinity river transport to the oceans (doi:10.1029/2002GB001891)
Record created 30 Aug 2016 by Philippe Amiotte Suchet.
Local identifier: FR-18008901306731-2016-08-30-03.


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Université de Bourgogne, Université de Franche-Comté, UTBM, AgroSup Dijon, ENSMM, BSB, Arts des Metiers