BGS Geology - 50k (DiGMapGB-50) Linear version 8

Dataset title BGS Geology - 50k (DiGMapGB-50) Linear version 8
Dataset creators British Geological Survey
Dataset theme Geoscientific Information
Dataset abstract

Linear features (shown as polylines) represent six classes of geological structural features e.g. faults, folds or landforms such as buried channels, glacial drainage channels at the ground or bedrock surface (beneath superficial deposits).

Linear features are associated most closely with the bedrock theme, either as an intrinsic part for example marine bands or affecting it in the case of faults. Landform elements are associated with both bedrock and superficial deposits.

The linear features are organised into seven main categories:

Alteration area indicating zones of change to the pre-existing rocks due to the application of heat and pressure which can occur round structural features such as faults and dykes.

Fault where a body of bedrock has been fractured and displaced by a large scale process affecting the earth's crust.

Fold where strata are bent or deformed resulting from changes or movement of the earth's surface creating heat and pressure to reshape and transform the original horizontal strata. Folds appear on all scales, in all rock types and from a variety of causes.

Fossil horizons where prolific fossil assemblages occur and can be used to help establish the order in which deposits were laid down (stratigraphy). These horizons allow correlation where sediments of the same age look completely different due to variations in depositional environment.

Mineral vein where concentrations of crystallised mineral occur within a rock, they are closely associated with faulting, but may occur independently.

Landforms define the landscape by its surface form; these include glacial features such as drumlins, eskers and ice margins.

Rock identifies key (marker) beds, recognised as showing distinct physical characteristics or fossil content. Examples include coal seams, gypsum beds and marine bands.

The data are available in vector format (containing the geometry of each feature linked to a database record describing their attributes) as ESRI shapefiles and are available under BGS data licence.

Dataset content dates Before 2016
Dataset spatial coverage Great Britain
Dataset supply format ESRI shapefiles
Dataset language English
Dataset discovery metadata record Discovery Link to the dataset's BGS Discovery Metadata record.
Dataset publisher British Geological Survey
Dataset publication date 2016
Dataset digital object identifier (DOI) 10.5285/df063ba2-008a-49f7-8727-176eb25fa65c
Dataset citation text BGS Geology - 50k (DiGMapGB-50) Linear version 8
British Geological Survey 2016
Constraints and terms of use Licence
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Further information DiGMapGB–50