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BGS uses Minecraft to inspire future recruits

The British Geological Survey (BGS) has used three-dimensional environment building computer game Minecraft to create geological models that it hopes will inspire young people to consider a career in geosciences.

The Minecraft team at BGS used the freely available three dimensional geological models to convert the “true” richness of the subterranean landscape into coloured glass Minecraft blocks. The translucency of the blocks enables the player to see through the different geological units, which allows for a better understanding of how the layers of geology are arranged.

The models show how the geology rises and falls, overlaps and folds at different depths in north London, the glacial deposits in York and the effect of faulting at Ingleborough in Yorkshire.

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