Photos and images

As part of our continued commitment to putting more information out for open access, BGS has released a number of its digital image collections. These include over one million borehole core sample photographs, access to the GeoScenic photo archive and photographs of hydrocarbon well cores.

Borehole core sample photographs

Core sample

All BGS core samples are being photographed as high resolution colour images commencing with the UKCS (hydrocarbon) well cores.

GeoScenic — Geological Photographs

Iceland, Akureyri to Sandarkrokur area.

View and download images from the National Archive of Geological Photographs.
Search Geoscenic using a map.

Petrological thin section images

Petrology thin section:S3023

Microscope slides are being imaged (plane and cross polarized light) and progressively linked to the Rock Collections database.

Terms of use

The borehole core photographs, borehole scans, hydrogeology maps of the UK and magnetograms are delivered under the Open Government Licence, subject to the following acknowledgement accompanying the reproduced BGS materials: "Contains British Geological Survey materials © NERC [year]".

GeoScenic and the Irish historical geological maps are delivered free for non-commercial use; use this material for private study, research and educational activities. See individual websites for specific terms and conditions.