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British Geological Survey brings maps, images and more to the web for free 7 December 2009

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Carsaig Arches, Mull. Volcanic rocks. Taken by Valentine & Sons, 1892. (NERC)

The British Geological Survey has brought a huge range of British geological data to the web for free at its new OpenGeoscience site. The site offers data, educational material, maps, pictures, reports and software free of charge for non-commercial private study, research and educational purposes. Among the resources available are tens of thousands of images via GeoScenic from the UK national geological photographic archive (of great historical as well as scientific interest), and map tools that integrate with Google Maps and Google Earth to show the geology underlying British streets, houses and feet.

Hypocentre has a detailed review of OpenGeoscience here.

Image: Carsaig Arches on the Isle of Mull. Lots of lovely volcanic rocks. Photograph taken by Valentine & Sons in 1892. From GeoScenic, courtesy British Geological Survey. Catalogue reference P232614.

British geology maps now free to explore on website – BBC News, 7 December 2009
In pictures: British geology – BBC News, 7 December 2009

OpenGeoscience – geoscience data for free from the British Geological Survey
British Geological Survey – British Geological Survey website
National Environment Research Council – website for the NERC, of which the BGS is a part

The Volcanism Blog


1. Gijs - 7 December 2009

BGS has great stuff. I go to Edinburgh a couple of times a year, and when I’m there I always go to the Geology Shop at the University (West Mains Road). If I could buy everything they have over there…

Great site, for as far I can see it right now. There appear to be a lot of other viewers at the moment, so not everything’s working.

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