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Originating Geological Province (Site/Habitat/Origin)

Field to be used with an authority listField used for natural science collectionsSociété des musées québécois Info-Muse database field


  • This field contains the name of the geological province where the specimen originated.


  • For better search results in your database, avoid a large variety of terms; draw up an authority list and add names as necessary. For Canadian geological provinces, you may use the following authority list:1

    Cordilleran Orogen Churchill
    Appalachian Orogen Grenville
    Innuitian Orogen Bear
    Arctic Continental Shelf Nain
    Atlantic Continental Shelf Slave
    Pacific Continental Shelf Superior
    Hudson Bay Platform Southern
    Arctic Platform  
    Interior Platform  
    St. Lawrence Platform  

Entry rules:

  1. Enter the full name of the originating geological province, without inverting it; do not use abbreviations.

    A cassiterite specimen from the Appalachian Orogen in New Brunswick

      Originating Continent North America
    Originating Geological Province Appalachian Orogen
     Originating Country Canada
     Originating Province New Brunswick
  2. This field may contain multiple entries separated by a semicolon followed by a space. If you know the subdivision, enter a semicolon and a space after the name of the province, and then the name of the sub-province.

    Record for a basalt sample from the sub-province of Pontiac, one of the subdivisions of the Superior Province, in Quebec

      Discipline petrology
     Rock Name basalt
    Originating Geological Province Superior Province; Pontiac
     Originating Province Quebec
  3. If you are unsure whether your information is correct, include a space and a question mark after the originating geological province.

    Originating Geological Province Bear Province ?

  1. NATURAL RESOURCES CANADA. Geological Provinces, The Atlas of Canada Website, (, [Information up to date as of June 20, 2006]. © Société des musées du Québec