Our work overseas

The BGS has worked in over 100 countries to become a leading provider of applied geology services.

We have an extensive programme of international research, surveying and monitoring, including major institutional strengthening programmes in the developing world.

Our work is directed towards development issues such as: the sustainable benefits from natural resources; protection of people and of the natural environment; improving quality of life, and poverty alleviation.

The' lost world'

Lost world undergrowth

In 1974 the British Geological Survey was asked by the Bolivian government to undertake a major regional survey of the geology and mineral potential of eastern Bolivia up to the border with Brazil, an area roughly the size of Great Britain.

The project was the largest and most ambitious undertaken by the BGS up to that time.

When the project got underway in 1976 this region had neither been mapped geologically nor surveyed systematically for mineral deposits, and for the northern area there were not even topographic maps ? it was truly terra incognita — unknown land.

Edmund Oswald Teale

Field Party at River Crossing. Gold Coast. 1923

Teale was born in Doncaster, Victoria , Australia on 29 November 1874.

In 1908 he went to Africa and worked in Nigeria, Portuguese East Africa and the Gold Coast.

He was a research fellow in the Geology Department of the University of Melbourne in 1917–1918 and then returned to Africa.

In 1926 he established the Geological Survey of Tanganyika Territory and was the Director until 1935 when he became Government Mining Consultant, a post he held until 1940; he was knighted in 1936.

For several years Teale was a member of the Advisory Council of the Overseas Geological Surveys. He died in England on 17 July 1971.

David Hiram Williams

Damoodah 1850 Map

David Hiram Williams surveyed coalfields in England and Wales and subsequently India in the 1830s and 1840s.

He died whilst exploring the Damoodah Valley, India, in 1848.