Geological Map 1:5,000,000 of Europe

Europe is the first continent covered by a geological map available as a web application at the scale of 1:5,000,000.

Section of the Geological Map of Europe with Austria and its neighboring countries
Detail from: Asch, K.: The 1:5,000,000 International Geological Map of Europe and Adjacent Areas
© Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources

The colours of the various units on the map represent their age. Also for non-specialists, this kind of representation makes the essential features of the geology of Europe comprehensible.

Front of a car crossing there is a sign. On this square white plate located in the center of the federal eagle, above the inscription: Republic of Austria and below: border crossing point.
Geologische Einheiten kennen keine politischen Grenzen und erstrecken sich oft über mehrere Länder.
© Dieter Manhart

Although Austria covers only a small percentage of the total area, it includes a surprisingly high number of different geological / tectonical units. This is the main reason for the diversity of landscapes in our country.