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Earth Sciences: Maps and archives

Subjects: Earth Sciences

Bodleian Map Room

The Bodleian Library Map Room has access to digital mapping packages such as MapInfo & ArcGIS as well as holding the 7th largest collection of sheets maps in the world

Geology Digimap

Geology Digimap requires you to register with the provider, EDINA, before use and then to log in with your SSO again at the homepage.

It is part of the Digimap Collection of on-line mapping and data delivery facilities and users can view maps through their web browser, save maps for printing and download the geological map data for use in a Geographic Information System (GIS) or image processing software.

Geology Digimap offers a wide range of geological map data from the British Geological Survey. Users can view, interrogate and print maps through an easy-to-use web interface, and can download the geological map data for use in geographical information systems.

A wide range of BGS datasets are available including their 1:50,000 onshore geology data product as well as the 1:10,000 and 1:25,000 datasets.

The geology data can be used in a wide range of disciplines. Subjects such as civil engineering, ecology, coastal erosion studies and natural resource planning make use of the data along with more obvious academic disciplines such as the earth sciences.

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Key Works of Geological Literature, 1600-1900

Oxford University libraries have a wealth of 17th to 19th century geological literature that is central to the development of the subject area, in particular as it applies to the 'English School' of Geology. Some of this literature also relates to specimens held in the Geological Collections of the University Museum of Natural History, records and images of which are available on-line. The digitization of these key books and maps and their availability on the web through Digital Bodleian provides a very rich, immediate resource of rare items for scholars and researchers in the history of science, geology, palaeontology, petrology, and mineralogy. Many of these items are beautifully illustrated, depicting for example fossils, rock sequences and landscapes.