1:250K Geological Maps of Northern Ireland version 2

The 1:250k Geological Maps of Northern Ireland comprise the Superficial Deposits Map (Drift, 1991) and the Bedrock Map (Solid Geology, 1997). These maps identify landscape areas based on their lithology. The scale of the maps is 1:250 000 and provides a simplified interpretation of the geology that may be used as a guide at a regional level, but should not be relied on for local geology. Superficial deposits are younger geological deposits formed during the most recent geological time; the Quaternary. These deposits rest on older rocks or deposits referred to as bedrock. The superficial deposits theme defines landscape areas with a geological name and their deposit-type or lithological composition. The Superficial map shows the deposits within the extent of the six Counties of Northern Ireland. The Bedrock map comprises the bedrock geology and contains dykes and geological faults. Bedrock geology describes the main mass of solid rocks forming the earth's crust. Bedrock is present everywhere, whether exposed at surface in outcrops or concealed beneath superficial deposits or water bodies. Geological names are based on the lithostratigraphic or lithodemic hierarchy of the rocks. The lithostratigraphic scheme arranges rock bodies into units based on rock-type and geological time of formation. Where rock-types do not fit into the lithostratigraphic scheme, for example intrusive, deformed rocks subjected to heat and pressure resulting in new or changed rock types; then their classification is based on their rock-type or lithological composition. This assesses visible features such as texture, structure, mineralogy. Dykes defines small, narrow areas of a specific type of bedrock geology; that is igneous rocks which have been intruded into the landscape at a later date than the surrounding bedrock. Geological faults occur where a body of bedrock has been fractured and displaced by large scale processes affecting the earth's crust (tectonic forces). The Bedrock map shows the main bedrock geological divisions in Northern Ireland and coverage extends to the west into the Republic of Ireland. The printed map includes a stratigraphic column. Digital datasets have been derived from the maps and comprise three layers. 1. Superficial polygons, 2. Bedrock polygons and 3. Linear features. Attribute tables describe the polygon features. These data are generalised and superseded by the 1:10k Geological Maps of Northern Ireland.
dataset
: http://data.bgs.ac.uk/id/dataHolding/13605376
English
Geoscientific information
GEMET - INSPIRE themes: BGS Thesaurus of Geosciences:
Geology
Maps
Free:
NERC_DDC
-8.3000, 54.0000, -5.2000, 55.3000
NIRNORTHERN IRELAND [id=181000]
publication: 1997
1991 - 1997
vector
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Data Quality

The 1:250k Superficial Geological Map of Northern Ireland was compiled by the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland and published in 1991. The 1:250K Bedrock Geology map of Northern Ireland was compiled by the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland and published in 1997. The map was compiled from larger scale maps and may involve some generalization of the geology. It was in part derived from the 1:63 360 and 1:50 000 maps of the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland and the 1:100 000 maps of the Geological Survey of Ireland. Additional information was provided by University of St Andrews, University of Birmingham, The Queen’s University of Belfast and the University of Sheffield. Digital datasets were digitised from the published maps in December 2000. Revised for positional accuracy in September 2009.
Equivalent Scale: 1: 250000
INSPIRE Implementing rules laying down technical arrangements for the interoperability and harmonisation of Geology
Commission Regulation (EU) No 1089/2010 of 23 November 2010 implementing Directive 2007/2/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards interoperability of spatial data sets and services

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2021-10-11

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