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.

Radionuclides map of the Republic of Austria


The distribution of radionuclides in groundwater, rock and river sediments is provided as a map with comprehensive explanations.



Vines from a wooded mountain


Winegrowing in the light of research

Archiv für Lagerstättenforschung

Volume 27

In this publication brick-kilns and clay pits in the political counties of Mistelbach and Gänserndorf (Lower Austria) are described. History and Geology of 470 locations are documented and illustrated by the author C. Ferdinand Ramml, based on intensive research in archives and in the field. (in German)

Fossil: dark gray-brown fossilized snail

Reference Customer

The Geological Survey of Austria is a reference customer for the library software from Adlib Axiell



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

Webservice Geological Profile Sections

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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