Erläuterungen zur geologischen Themenkarte Thermalwässer in Österreich 1 : 500 000

Die vorliegende Karte zu den heimischen Thermalwasservorkommen sowie beiliegende Erläuterungen wurden im Rahmen eines Projekts der Geologischen Bundesanstalt (GBA) mit dem Bundesministerium für Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Umwelt und Wasserwirtschaft (BMLFUW) erstellt.

Gosau (Salzkammergut, Oberösterreich) und Rußbach am Pass Gschütt (Tennengau, Salzburg)

Band 70

GeoMol – Geologische 3D-Modellierung des österreichischen Molassebeckens und Anwendungen in der Hydrogeologie und Geothermie im Grenzgebiet von Oberösterreich und Bayern

Markante Gesteine des Waldviertels – Die Gesteinsstelen vor dem Krahuletz-Museum in Eggenburg

Rocky Austria

Geologie von Österreich - kurz und bunt

Erläuterungen zu Blatt 122 Kitzbühel

A man with a felt pen circles a fossil on a stone.
Research requires a lot of experience.
© Lois Lammerhuber

Looking through a microscope is a typical activity of many geoscientists as minuscule details reveal the history of rocks. Microfossils or even smaller nannofossils represent the remains of animal or plant organisms. Micropalaeontologists use them for dating the relative age and former sedimentary environment of rocks. Information on water depth, salinity or climate at the time of deposition can thus be gained.

A lab with a lot of hoses, wires, transparent containers and a black device. In the background a man in white working clothes, gloves and headgear.
© Lois Lammerhuber

Water, clay, sand, gravel, limestone, marble, sandstone, granite or gneiss – only the exact determination of material composition (geochemistry) permits the interpretation in terms of formation, origin or usage.

A desk with rock-samples and sample holders.
A view of the clay mineral laboratory

To evaluate

Economic geologists, hydrogeologists and engineering geologists representthe applied geosciences. Their task is to evaluate occurrencesof raw materials or groundwater and to assess slope stability. GBAundertakes assessments of the geo-potential of a region in the overlappingfields of resource planning, environmental protection, landuse or groundwater supply.

A heavy drill on the rear of a drilling truck. Besides a man in working clothes with a heavy hammer and a helmet.
The drilling truck of the Geological Survey is used for geological field work.
© Lois Lammerhuber

Geological maps form the most important basis for almost any geoscientific problem. The coloured display of the distribution of rock units on topographic maps accompanied by special symbols and line elements portray the orientation of these units in space. Information on rock age and composition together with the location of quarries and land slides complement the map.

A young woman studying flashcards in the reading room of the Geological Survey.
The reading room of the largest geoscientific library of Austria is open to anybody interested in scientific studies.
© Lois Lammerhuber

To inform

GBA's mandate to serve the government as the centre for informationand advice in the field of geosciences is written into the law (FOG§ 18). Furthermore, the website provides access to data and informationanywhere and anytime.


DGK 2017


The Geothermal Congress 2017

Austria Workshop


12. – 14. September 2017
BMW Welt, Munich



4th International Workshop on Geoelectrical Monitoring



Jahrbuch der Geologischen Bundesanstalt

Volume 156/1–4


The volume with 360 pages contains articles  in the fields of quaternary geology, stratigraphy, facies and palaeontology focusing on decapoda, gastropoda and foraminifera, an obituary (Wolfgang Seiberl), four historical articles, 42 mapping reports from the years 2001–2003 and 2009–2016 and book reviews.

This application allows interactive exploration of geological 3D models.

Section of the Topographic map of Austria with environment. Many blue, green, orange and pink stitches in different lengths.

An overview throughout Austria with profile section figures




A web-based controlled vocabulary of map-related geoscientific terms of the Geological Survey.

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