Coastal-Marine Sample Station and Borehole Index

Dataset description

This is a metadata index of all the marine sample stations recorded by BGS. A sample station in this context is the site of a sea-bed sample/core or observation. It includes sea-bed samples, shallow cores and geotechnical-type boreholes, but not hydrocarbon wells. There are basically 2 types of sample stations - those occupied during BGS mapping projects and those resulting from projects conducted by other governmental, academic or commercial organisations. The amount of metadata available varies depending on the source of the information, but as a minimum will include the sample station name, its geographical co-ordinates and a source of further descriptive or analytical information. For sample stations occupied by BGS the index will include the date, water depth, total depth penetrated below sea bed, equipment types used and summary geological description. The sample stations are mainly located on the UKCS (United Kingdom Continental Shelf) and surrounding areas, although there are sample stations recorded from other parts of the world also. The bulk of the sample stations were occupied in the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s and early 1990's with ongoing additions of new sample stations. The distribution is very variable, but, in general, there are sample stations spaced about every 5 - 10km across the entire UK Continental Shelf. In some localised areas the sampling density is much higher. For BGS sample stations, the metadata were recorded at the time of sampling or shortly afterwards. For non-BGS stations, the data have been compiled from a variety of sources, mainly by extracting relevant information from reports and other documents made available to BGS. The data were manually entered via forms into the index. The index is applicable to a wide range of uses including environmental, geotechnical and geological studies.


Access and use of data subject to license.

Further information

For more information please contact:


Environmental Science Centre, Nicker Hill, Keyworth
NG12 5GG

Tel : +44 (0)115 936 3143
Fax :+44 (0)115 936 3276


Further details

Dataset details

Language English
Curator British Geological Survey
Supply media/format Digital - Data from Oracle tables can be supplied in a variety of formats Not applicable
Storage format Digital:Oracle Relational Database
Frequency of update monthly
Start of capture 5th September 2005
End of capture Not applicable
Contact details
Department Enquiries
Organisation British Geological Survey
Address Environmental Science Centre, Nicker Hill, Keyworth
City Nottingham
County Nottinghamshire
Country United Kingdom
Postcode NG12 5GG
Telephone +44 (0)115 936 3143
Fax +44 (0)115 936 3276
Topic category geoscientificInformation (information pertaining to earth sciences)
Keywords and Keyphrases MARINE GEOCHEMISTRY
Keyword source BGS Keyphrases
Spatial details
Spatial Reference System Not available
Dataset extent
Coverage (Lat/Long) North boundary : 64.87
East boundary  : 90.24
South boundary : -24.61
West boundary  : -24.61
Metadata language English
Metadata last updated 11th August 2006
Metadata standard ISO standard 19115:2003
Copyright and IPR
The copyright of materials derived from the British Geological Survey's work is vested in the Natural Environment Research Council [NERC]. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, or stored in a retrieval system of any nature, without the prior permission of the copyright holder, via the BGS Intellectual Property Rights Manager. Use by customers of information provided by the BGS, is at the customer's own risk. In view of the disparate sources of information at BGS's disposal, including such material donated to BGS, that BGS accepts in good faith as being accurate, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) gives no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the quality or accuracy of the information supplied, or to the information's suitability for any use. NERC/BGS accepts no liability whatever in respect of loss, damage, injury or other occurence however caused.
W -24.61 64.87 N
Extent of coverage for this dataset (shown here as Latitude and Longitude)
S -24.61 90.24 E