Discover the bedrock geology responsible for the world famous badlands of Dinosaur Provincial Park.
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What will I see in the Dinosaur Provincial Park regional Minecraft model?
The Dinosaur Provincial Park Regional Model provides a virtual playground to explore the unique subsurface geology that is responsible for the largest and most spectacular area of badlands in Canada, and makes the park a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, the bedrock is comprised of flat-lying Bear Paw, Dinosaur Park, Oldman, Foremost, and Lea Park formations deposited during the Cretaceous period, eroded over millions of years by wind, water and glacial processes to leave them exposed in the badlands of the Red Deer River Valley.
Also, download our Dinosaur Provincial Park Campground Minecraft Model to explore the geology around the Dinosaur Provincial Park Visitor Center and campground, and search for dinosaur bone beds hidden beneath the ground surface or exposed along the river valley.
1) A licensed copy of Minecraft.
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2) At least 3 GB of free disk space (to be able to download all Dinosaur Provincial Park models)
3) 4 GB of RAM
2) Right click on the ZIP file in the Downloads folder and click "Extract All". Extract both the metadata and model folders 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.
- 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 341 km2. The Minecraft blocks in this model represent 100 m × 100 m in the horizontal (X and Y) directions, and 10 m in the vertical (Z) direction, giving this model a vertical exaggeration of 10 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