The British Geological Survey’s (BGS) new home for 500km of drill cores, cuttings from 23,000 boreholes, 3M fossils and 500,000 books was officially opened yesterday by minister for science and universities David Willetts.
The BGS’s National Geological Repository at Nottingham was created following extension of the existing core store in order to house the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) oil and gas cores that were relocated from Gilmerton.
According to the BGS, the facility that draws together the UK’s largest collection of geological records which will underpin areas such as oil and gas exploration, mineral exploration, construction and civil engineering as well as research into carbon capture and storage, and radioactive waste management.
BGS executive director professor John Ludden said: “The National Geological Repository houses some of the most economically important archives that underpin the future energy supply for Britain, but also some of the most iconic collections of geology, including samples collected by Charles Darwin on the Beagle; the first rock samples from Antarctica; and some of the oldest multicellular life forms on the planet. “