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
- 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.