TextViewer is a new and exciting resource enabling selected BGS memoirs and other important publications to be read online and linked to a map.
Publications include the more recent 1:50,000 sheet memoirs, (England and Wales, Scotland) major economic memoirs such as Dines's Metalliferous mining regions of SW England and Dunham's Northern Pennine orefield, and other key series such as the 1:25,000 classical areas of British geology, the important subsurface memoirs and the British regional guides and Offshore reports.
A key feature is that areas with a quoted grid reference are located on a map so that users can search geographically for places of interest.
Browse the full list of documents in all categories.
Regional guides - onshore
Regional geology guides, the most popular BGS publication series, provide an overview of the geology of individual regions of the United Kingdom.
Offshore regional reports
These reports describe the offshore geology of the United Kingdom and complement the regional geology guides which cover the onshore areas.
England and Wales sheet memoirs, sheet descriptions
Geological memoirs that accompany each of the 1:50 000 series (and the earlier one-inch series) geological map sheets. Also includes the 'Sheet description' and 'Brief explanation' series.
Scotland sheet memoirs, sheet descriptions
Geological memoirs that accompany each of the 1:50 000/1:63 360 series geological map sheets and a few district memoirs. Also includes the 'Sheet description' and 'Brief explanation' series.
A small number of key publications that were not published in any series.
1:25,000 classical areas and explanations
Descriptions of the geology of parts of Britain which are of special geological interest.
A few selected classic economic memoirs.
A series looking at the deep geology of a number of major regional sedimentary basins in the north of England.
Stratigraphic framework reports (Research reports)
Reports detailing the systematic lithostratigraphy for selected geological time periods
Content and licensing
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Take down policy
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- Your contact details.
- The full bibliographic details of the material.
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Given proof of valid objection, BGS will take down the relevant material from the portal.
The text in TextViewer is extracted from scanned and OCRed copies of the publications and while every effort is taken to correct errors it is possible that some might remain. It is recommended that the original scans are consulted on the BGS Publications viewer when important or critical work is being undertaken.
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