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BGS launches free access UK geology models

The UK’s geology can now be explored in 3D with the release of free-to-access regional models by the British Geological Survey (BGS).

The BGS has launched 14 geological visualisation models to provide a 3D view of the structures and geological units that make up the upper 1.5km of the UK’s crust, constructed from 1:625 000-scale bedrock geology map.

Available as pdfs to download from the BGS website, the models highlight the different geological in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, with models for Scotland planned. 

According to the BGS, they represent a step change in open-access 3D geoscience resources for the UK and complement other regional information resources the BGS delivers, such as the British Regional Geology Regional Guides series and the Regional Summaries.

BGS National Geological Model project manager Katie Whitbread said: ”3D geology opens up the complex world beneath our feet in a way that can be easily understood. The 3D models may help professionals working in industry and environmental regulation, as well as providing tools for public engagement and teaching. But these open-access tools are there for everyone to explore and discover, whatever your interest in the subsurface.”

The 3D models have been developed under the BGS National Geological Model project, with financial support from Radioactive Waste Management (RWM), and form part of a wider BGS national programme.

The BGS is looking for feedback to enhance the user experience and improve the future development and design of 3D resources, and it can be submitted through the BGS enquiries service.

Watch a step-by-step guide to the models here.


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