An Introduction to Geological Maps

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William Smith’s geological map (1820) – from Wikimedia Commons

Lecture notes (PowerPoint format): 2013_IntroGclMaps

Exercise 1 (pdf from Earth Learning Idea website): 2013_GclMaps_Ex1

Exercise 2 (pdf): 2013_GclMaps_mapping_intro

Exercise 3 (pdf): 2013_GclMaps_Ex3

Geological map resources:

The British Geological Survey has various Open Geoscience resources (including the Geology of Britain viewer, and the iGeology app). There is also the BGS Lexicon of Named Rock Units.

Geological mapping of the Vale of York: Hall_etal2010_gcl_map_ValeYork (paper by Hall et al.) has a simplified geological map of Scotland.

OneGeology – Making Geological Map Data Accessible

US National Geologic Map Database

A History of Mapping:

A cannon at Hampton: William Roy and the start of the Ordnance Survey (Twickenham Museum)

William Smith (NHM biography)

William Smith – a man who changed the world (BGS biography)

The Map That Changed The World (by Simon Winchester)

John Phillips – Time Lord of York (my article for YorkMix)

Phillips’ 1855 geological map of Yorkshire

The Mapping of Assynt:

An Assynt mapping fieldtrip (courtesy of Leeds University)

A 3D reconstruction of the geology of Assynt (by the British Geological Survey)

A pilgrimage to Assynt (by Metageologist)

A biography of Charles Lapworth (Birmingham University)

How did Peach & Horne map Assynt? (Leeds University)


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