The BGS comprehensively monitors mineral production, trade flows and other relevant statistics within the UK, together with associated analysis related to the circular economy (for construction/industrial minerals) and material supply security issues.
By monitoring the geology and spatial distribution of UK onshore and offshore mineral resources and the location and activity status of mineral extraction sites, we respond to the challenges posed by demand in the economy for the raw materials required for construction and industry.
In the built heritage sector, we continue to research the role indigenous building stones can play in decarbonising the built environment and help to ensure suitable maintenance and upkeep of the stone-built heritage of the UK.
Our team undertake applied research on issues related primarily to the secure supply of mineral resources, including:
- provision of effective mineral resource management expertise, data and information to government, industry and the general public
- providing specialist expertise on building stones, quarries and building conservation to clients in all parts of the UK
- targeting research on meeting society’s requirements for construction and industrial minerals in the UK and internationally, given increasing global population and levels of urbanisation
- maintenance and development of the BGS’s key minerals datasets, such as the UK database of mines and quarries and mineral resources map data
Relevant outputs from our research, along with information on our capabilities and the services we provide, are made available via our website MineralsUK. These include:
- building stones
- commodity and statistical data
- mineral exploration
- mines and quarries
- spatial minerals data
- UK mineral planning
For further information please use the contact details provided via the MineralsUK pages or email us.
BGS scientists Clive Mitchell (industrial minerals geologist) and Elliott Hamilton (environmental chemist) report on their recent visit to the Copperbelt Province in Zambia.
The UK’s new centre to collect and analyse information on the supply of critical minerals, which are vital to the UK’s economic success and national security, has officially launched.
New 3D model will help guide exploration for rare earth element deposits in alkaline igneous systems
A team of scientists and institutions across Europe have developed a new 3D geological model designed to guide exploration for rare earth elements.
Great Britain has over 250 000 documented mining sites and the underground voids resulting from past mining activity pose a possible hazard. Knowledge of the distribution of former mining areas will help us to plan for future development and ongoing maintenance.
A new publication highlights the wide-ranging geological availability of bismuth, a critical raw material that has historically been overlooked in academic research.
A new BGS report reviews known resources of lithium and engagement in the battery supply chain across key African countries.
Understanding the geology and natural resources of lithium will be vital as demand is forecast to significantly increase.