G-BASE completed after 40 years

The British Geological Survey is celebrating the completion of its 40-year national geochemical field survey which has gathered a range of baseline data from 120,000 locations around the United Kingdom.

The last of over 500,000 geochemical samples was taken on 24 September on the Isle of Wight by BGS executive director John Ludden.

It brings to an end work which began in the late 1960s primarily focused on mineral exploitation, but which has since evolved into high-resolution sampling relevant to many environmental issues.

“We now have a UK wide coverage of baseline geochemistry which provides important information essential to underpin the economy of the UK and the wellbeing of its citizens,” said Prof Ludden.

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