GeoExposures — recording temporary exposures and enhancing our knowledge of the geology of the UK through the GeoExposure community website.
GeoExposures has been designed and deployed by the BGS using Ushahidi crowdsourcing software to provide the geoscience community with a website to enable recording of temporary geological exposures, and to make the information available to all.
The geological community in the UK has long recognised that scientifically important information revealed in temporary exposures of bedrock and superficial (Quaternary) deposits is frequently 'lost to science'.
This is largely due to the temporary nature of the exposures and the inability of the geoscience community to respond at short notice.
GeoExposures is only concerned with the recording of temporary exposures, such as trenches, pipelines, foundation excavations, road cuttings and embankments.
It is not aimed at documenting natural exposures (e.g. inland and coastal cliffs; quarries etc.) nor with the conservation of geological sites (for further information see Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage, Countryside Council for Wales and the GeoConservationUK.
Please select GeoExposures as your category when submitting a report as other geological observations can also be uploaded to this deployment.
We have provided a simple deployment of crowdmap.com for the UK to allow the location of temporary exposures to be accurately plotted and recorded.
Simply record the location and geology of the site (e.g. bedrock, superficial or man-made deposits) as accurately as possible (up to 200 words), and submit your record along with photographs (.jpg image format).
You can locate the exposure using a hard copy map using an 8-figure grid reference or using a mobile phone with GPS that allows you to submit online.
Use our Coordinate converter to translate latitude and longitude of the location to British National Grid (BNG) [also known as National Grid Reference (NGR)].
The mandatory report fields are:
...but please fill in as much as you are comfortable with.
Some report fields are optional, such as: e-mail address (useful if others wish to contact you about the geology), stratigraphical details and whether you are a trained geoscientist.
Use the online resources below to help describe the geology:
To provide additional information about a temporary exposure please use the proforma ( ).
Submissions will be moderated by a BGS geologist, but will not be quality controlled or scientifically endorsed by the BGS.
Do not enter sites without the permission of the land owner or person responsible; safety is your responsibility.
By uploading and depositing photos or materials, you, as depositor, do so on the understanding they may be used/re-used by others.
By depositing photos and materials you take full responsibility:
If there are doubts about ownership, check first before making a deposit on BGS citizen science sites.
BGS Citizen Science operates under the code of a:
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.