A Geographical Information System (GIS) to provide access to mineral resource information in England is now live on the web, the British Geological Survey announced last month.
Minerals Information Online aims to help sustainable development of vital mineral resources, such as sand, gravel and limestone, said BGS.
Programme manager Andrew Bloodworth said: 'This is a new tool for planning authorities, the minerals industry, consultants and environmental bodies. It provides defi nitive and impartial information to assist debate, planning and decision-making for the supply of minerals in England.' The BGS said the UK still depends heavily on supplies of minerals from its own sources, particularly for construction materials. The sustainability and environmentally-sensitive development of these mineral resources requires access to up to date, impartial information.
The online system, developed by BGS's Centre for Sustainable Mineral Development, provides a tool for all stakeholders, nationally, regionally and locally, who plan for the sustainable supply of minerals.
It shows areas where mineral extraction is taking place and can also be used to identify areas where future mineral extraction may potentially conflict with other land-use and conservation interests.
Minerals Information Online is provided on a regional basis and covers all the regions of England except central London. Geographical information is provided at scales from 1:2,500,000 to 1:250,000.