Photographs and images

BGS Information Hub

As part of our continued commitment to putting more information out for open access, the BGS has released a number of its digital image collections on OpenGeoscience. These include the GeoScenic photograph archive, photographs of hydrocarbon well cores and petrological thin section images.

Terms of use

The borehole core photographs and thin section images are delivered under the Open Government Licence, subject to the following acknowledgement accompanying the reproduced BGS materials: “Contains British Geological Survey materials © UKRI [year]“.

GeoScenic images are delivered free for non-commercial use; use this material for private study, research and educational activities. See individual websites for specific terms and conditions.

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Borehole core sample photographs

All BGS core samples are being photographed as high-resolution colour images, commencing with the UKCS (hydrocarbon) well cores.

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GeoScenic geological photographs

View and download images from the National Archive of Geological Photographs.

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Petrological thin section of essexite

Petrological thin section images

Microscope slides are being imaged (plane and cross-polarised light) and progressively linked to the rock collections database.


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