Marine exploration

Gatliff, Robert; Stevenson, Alan; Johnson, Howard; Long, Dave; Richards, Phil; Smith, Dave. 2010 Marine exploration. Earthwise, 26. 30-31.

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Less than 50 years ago knowledge of the geology of the UK continental shelf (UKCS) was extremely limited. The BGS marine geoscience programme began about 40 years ago in response to the development of the UK oil and gas industry. The BGS was funded by the then Department of Energy to carry out a national mapping programme based on geophysical data, seabed samples and boreholes. By the 1990s, geological maps at a scale of 1:250 000 were published for the shelf regions showing seabed sediments, Quaternary geology and bedrock. The deeper water areas to the north and west continue to be explored with support from the oil industry. A series of regional reports, the offshore equivalent of the BGS regional guides, were published and reports for the Atlantic Margin will be published in 2010. MAREMAP is a new multidisciplinary environmental mapping programme designed to underpin the new marine industries and environmental issues.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2010 > Marine Geoscience
ISSN: X780667289
Date made live: 19 Mar 2012 14:52 +0 (UTC)

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