Geology of Britain viewer

BGS Map Viewers

Please note that, as part of our ongoing programme of application upgrades and redevelopment, the Geology of Britain map viewer will be retired on 1 August 2022. We are excited to announce that a new, bespoke, browser-based application will soon be launched as a replacement. For more information about this change, please visit our FAQ section.

The Geology of Britain viewer is a simple tool, aimed at the general public, which helps you explore the geology where you live.

The Geology of Britain viewer includes:

  • borehole scans
  • earthquake timeline
  • 3D models

Pan and zoom to where you live, click on an area of interest and reveal the rocks beneath your feet.

Geology of Britain viewer
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Geology of Britain map viewer. BGS © UKRI

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Zoom to your area of interest by entering a postcode or place name using the Go to location button.

As you zoom into the map the scale changes from 1:625 000 scale (small scale) to 1:50 000 scale (medium scale).

Move the horizontal transparency slider to darken or lighten the colours of the geological map.

You can also change the basemap to show satellite photographs (Imagery) or various street maps.

Please note that we recommend the GeoIndex onshore or offshore viewers for professional users.

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Geology of Britain update FAQs

What is happening to the the Geology of Britain map viewer?

The Geology of Britain map viewer will be retired on 1 August 2022 and will no longer be available. This includes both the classic 2D Geology of Britain and the 3D version.

Since 2009, BGS has maintained three core map viewer applications: 

  1. Geology of Britain (classic and 3D versions): a web viewer aimed at the general public 
  2. iGeology:  a native mobile app aimed at the general public 
  3. GeoIndex: a web viewer aimed at GeoScience professionals. 

In the years since their launch, there have been a number of advancements in both browser and mobile technology. We believe that now is the correct time to consolidate some of these services, and our resources, into a new bespoke map viewer that provides greater accessibility and is available to a wider audience. As a result, the BGS have made the decision to retire both iGeology and Geology of Britain, replacing them with an intuitive web-based application aimed at the public for both a web and mobile audience. GeoIndex will remain available as our premium map viewer service. 

We will be retiring the map viewer on 1 August 2022. Any changes to this date will be updated on this page. 

Yes! A new browser-based application is being developed that will improve accessibility and be available to a much bigger number of users. The new app is also being designed so that the intended purpose and functionality is distinct from our other services.

For example, BGS GeoIndex is a web tool for professional users who need to access BGS data as part of their business requirements, whilst the new app is designed to make our geological data more accessible to the general public. 

3D cross section data is available via our UK3D dataset on the BGS website. 

Our borehole data is available through a number of BGS sources: 

Who can I contact about this change? 

If you have any comments or questions about this change that is not covered by this page, please contact the BGS Enquiries team

Terms of use

These data are delivered under the terms of the Open Government Licence, subject to the following acknowledgement accompanying the reproduced BGS materials: “Contains British Geological Survey materials © UKRI [year]”. Contact us if you create something new and innovative that could benefit others.

We encourage users to use OpenGeoscience material with their own data.

The BGS provides no warranty as to the quality, accuracy or completeness of this free map data or the medium on which it is supplied. This includes any warranty as to the continued provision of material or that the material taken from this site is compatible with your computer system and/or any other data with which the material is to be used.

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