Borehole materials database

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The British onshore borehole collection database, of core and sample types and depths, contains records of over 15 000 onshore boreholes.

Material types include continuous drillcore, core samples, individual hand specimens, bulk samples, unwashed cuttings, washed and dried cuttings, plugs, powders and bulk samples. Details of thin sections are in our BRITROCKS database.

UKCS (offshore) hydrocarbon well collection

UKCS (offshore) hydrocarbon well collection database, of core and sample types and depths, contains records from over 8000 UKCS (offshore) hydrocarbon wells.

It includes over 300 km of drillcore and 4.5 million samples of cuttings.

Material may be selected by any combination of well name, operator, depth range and sample type.

Results include thumbnail links to high resolution images (when available).

You can also use a map to search this database using our Offshore GeoIndex.

Search the onshore borehole material and UKCS (offshore) hydrocarbon wells databases database

Core photographs

All BGS core samples are being photographed as high resolution colour images (7216 x 5412 pixels, i.e. 200 dpi at 100% size for a 1 metre x 0.6 metre core tray) commencing with the UKCS (hydrocarbon) well cores, transferred from Gilmerton to Keyworth.

They may be accessed through thumbnail links from the results: details pages of the UKCS (offshore) hydrocarbon wells database.

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