European Soil Bureau description of Parent Material

The map covers Great Britain and integrates geology and soil characteristics at a scale of 1:50 000 (visible at higher zoom levels), with a 1km resolution version available for regional overview.

This is the European Soil Bureau description used to identify each Parent Material type. The descriptions are taken from the Georeferenced Soil Database for Europe: Manual of Procedures Version 1.1. Each Parent Material type has been allocated to one (or more) ESB code on the basis of lithology, mode of origin or bulk chemistry.

The following broad ESB categories are represented by the geology of Great Britain.

These data are made available under the Open Government Licence, subject to the following acknowledgement accompanying the reproduced BGS materials: "Contains British Geological Survey materials © NERC [year]".

European Soil Bureau description of Parent Material map legend
Title Parent Material description (ESB)
Source British Geological Survey
Enquiries BGS Enquiries
Scale(s) 1:50 000 and 1km grid resolution
Coverage Great Britain
Format GIS point data. (ESRI, MapInfo, others available by request)
Price 30p per km2 for commercial use of 1:50 000 scale data. Subject to licence fee and data preparation fee. More information about licensing data.
The 1 km grid data is free for use under Open Government Licence terms.
Uses Local to regional level use
Downloads Free 1km grid data and sample 1:50 000 scale data
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