Mineralogy and petrology collection — Key to alphabetical prefixes

The BGS mineralogy and petrology collections contain upwards of a million samples, housed at Keyworth and in Edinburgh. Roughly a quarter of this is prime material arranged into a number of major archive collections denoted by alphabetical prefixes :

Prefix Description Location
C UK Continental Shelf thin sections Keyworth
E English and Welsh samples with thin sections Keyworth
ED General collection, some with thin sections Edinburgh
EMC Display quality specimens previously in the former Geological Survey gallery of the Royal Museum of Scotland Edinburgh
F Overseas samples with thin sections Keyworth
G Polished thin sections Keyworth
PB Polished blocks Keyworth
MR General collection, hand specimens only, many of display quality Keyworth
MC General collection, hand specimens only, many of display quality. Includes minerals. Edinburgh
N Scottish samples with thin sections Edinburgh
RC Minerals Keyworth
S Scottish samples with thin sections Edinburgh
UG Minerals Keyworth

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