User guide : BGS mineral resources

British Geological Survey. 2021 User guide : BGS mineral resources. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 57pp. (OR/20/051) (Unpublished)

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Minerals are the raw materials that underpin most sectors of the UK economy and their use contributes to the UK’s high standard of living. Certain minerals are also exported and thus generate income for the country. The UK’s land mass contains a wide range of indigenous minerals including construction minerals (e.g. aggregates; gypsum), industrial minerals (e.g. china clay; salt) and metals (e.g. tin; tungsten). Many of these minerals cannot be imported because of the large quantities required or the high cost that would be incurred. The BGS Mineral Resource Dataset shows the spatial extent of known mineral resources in England, Wales and the central belt of Scotland. • England: DOI:10.5285/f265629c-5e03-4927-b482-0668da720aca • Wales: DOI:10.5285/f6fa87e7-4010-4782-8a3a-7c322faa939d • Central belt of Scotland: DOI:10.5285/f6fa87e7-4010-4782-8a3a-7c322faa939d In general, a ‘mineral resource’ contains minerals that are of current or potential economic interest. However, this dataset is based on the geology of Great Britain and only a limited assessment of economic potential has been made during its compilation. The dataset delineates areas within which potentially workable minerals may occur. These areas are not of uniform potential and take no account of planning constraints that may limit their working. Therefore, the dataset should only be used to show a broad distribution of mineral resources. The data should not be used to determine individual planning applications or in taking decisions on the acquisition or use of a particular piece of land, although they may give useful background information that sets a specific proposal in context. This dataset was designed to produce baseline data in a consistent format, which can be updated, revised and customised to suit planning needs as well as to be of use to the extractive industry and anyone interested in the potential locations of mineral resources. It aims to facilitate consideration of mineral resources alongside other types of land use and safeguard resources for future generations. This user guide provides the information required to enable the reader to understand and use this BGS data product.

Item Type: Publication - Report
Funders/Sponsors: British Geological Survey
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: This item has been internally reviewed, but not externally peer-reviewed.
Date made live: 22 Jun 2021 09:51 +0 (UTC)

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