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Data sources

BGS has a number of national and international minerals-related databases, which are relevant to the general public, the minerals industry, government and academia. These databases are an important source of information for:

  • discovery of new resources
  • exploitation of existing deposits
  • sustainability
  • mineral planning
  • environmental issues
  • public awareness
  • academic research
Database name Area covered Scope
UK mines and quarries UK Mines and quarries, active and closed, – metals, industrial minerals, construction minerals and coal.
Geochemistry UK Regional geochemical survey data (G–BASE) and geochemistry in support of mineral exploration carried out by BGS.
Geophysics UK Geophysical surveys for mineral exploration and in support of geological mapping.
Mineral occurrence UK Data, chiefly from published sources, on mines, deposits, prospects and showings.
World mineral statistics Worldwide Annual production data for 70 economically important mineral commodities. Global trade statistics are also held up to 2002.
International geochemical data International Regional geochemical data from various overseas countries.


In addition, BGS holds unrivalled national collections of geoscience data, covering UK boreholes, a Rock Classification Scheme, digital geological map and a lexicon of named rock units. These and many other datasets are described in the BGS Discovery Metadata Index and an interactive map-based index to datasets can be viewed at the GeoIndex section of the BGS website.