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BGS offers free subsea geological data

The British Geological Survey (BGS) has published an online database of free to view and downloadable Marine Geoscience Data, available through the Offshore GeoIndex, covering the whole UK Continental Shelf.

The database holds approximately 80,000 sampling locations that have a range of geochemical, geological, geotechnical and sediment data, including PDF files of legacy scanned data sheets and borehole logs.

“Geology is not just under our feet, it is under our seas too. We want this data to benefit the whole geoscience community by aiding research and inspiring new spinout products,” said Bob Gatliff, BGS director of energy and marine geoscience.

“The marine environment is an ever-increasingly important area of scientific study as it is worth more than £48.6Bn to the UK economy, which is predicted to double by 2013. At 3.5 times the UK land mass, it is an area with vast economic and environmental potential.”

The data have been collected as part of the BGS regional and local mapping programme, as well as from third parties. Included in the data are around 33,000 sediment data records, 18,000 geochemical values and core photos of 8,000 Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) offshore hydrocarbon wells.

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