Explore the geology of Dinosaur Provincial Park as you search the badlands for dinosaur bone beds.
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What will I see in the Dinosaur Provincial Park campground Minecraft model?
The bedrock in this area has been eroded by wind, water and glaciers over millions of years, leaving it exposed to create the badlands of the Red Deer River Valley. The visual appeal of the badlands is enhanced by the layers of contrasting colour within the geologic formations exposed at the ground surface. Palaeontologists find an unmatched number and variety of high-quality fossils in the park. See how many bone beds you can find in this model.
Download this model to explore the geology of Dinosaur Provincial Park on your quest to discover the many dinosaur bone beds hidden beneath the ground surface, or exposed along the river valley. Also, download our Dinosaur Provincial Park Regional Minecraft Model to explore the geology of the entire park, and see how erosional processes have shaped the Red Deer River Valley.<
You will need:
1) A licensed copy of Minecraft.
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2) At least 3 GB of free disk space (to be able to download both Dinosaur Provincial Park models)
3) 4 GB of RAM
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 the model folder to the Desktop (or another preferred location) using the Browse button.
3) Startup 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 render distance to the maximum distance that your computer will support. We suggest starting with a value slightly less than the maximum.
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
This model covers 9 km2. The Minecraft blocks in this model represent 5 m × 5 m in the horizontal (X and Y) directions, and 2 m in the vertical (Z) direction, giving this model a vertical exaggeration of 2.5 times.
Measured Outcrop Section T21-R10W4-01 of the Oldman and Dinosaur Park Formations (Belly River Group), Dinosaur Provincial Park Area, Red Deer River Valley, Southeastern Alberta (NTS 72L/14) Oil Sands Area: 3-D Geological Modelling and Petroleum Geochemistry
Currie, P.J., and Koppelhus, E. B., ed. (2005): Dinosaur Provincial Park, A Spectacular Ancient Ecosystem Revealed; Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana.
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