The British Geological Survey (BGS) is aiming to improve geological knowledge through the launch of the new GeoExposure website.
The new system uses crowdsourcing software to enable engineers on site to record any temporary geological exposures and make the information open to all.
According to the BGS, important information revealed in temporary exposures of bedrock and superficial (Quaternary) deposits is frequently “lost to science”. GeoExposures aims to help record information from excavations for trenches, pipelines, foundation excavations, road cuttings and embankments.
Users logging onto to the site are requested to record the location and geology of the site along with images of the excavation. Locations can be recorded using an eight figure grid reference or using a mobile phone with GPS that allows you to submit online.