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Areas of potential underground mining

A number of different commodities have been mined across the UK, from precious metals such as gold and silver, to sandstone and gypsum using both surface and underground methods. The voids resulting from past underground mining activity pose a possible hazard.

This layer displays the likelihood of the existence of underground workings resulting from non-coal mining activities. It is based on a combination of geological factors relating to the known locations of mineral veins and other commodities that have been mined in the UK, supplemented by information on known and suspected locations of workings.

If your site falls with an area of potential mining, it is advised you seek professional advice and/or a detailed site investigation.

Data providerBritish Geological Survey
Sample of dataSample layered PDF
Coverage areaBritain

Version date of dataset2017
Frequency of update cycleAnnual

Viewable in map windowYes
Viewable on map backgroundsAll map backgrounds except FIND Map / OS Plan
Viewable between scales1: 3 001 - 1: 150 000

Printable between scales 1: 3 001 - 1: 150 000

Export formatsDWG, DXF, TAB, SHP
Maximum export size via internet25 000 hectares (250 km²)

Viewing£0.50 per sq km
Printing£1.00 per sq km
Exporting£1.50 per sq km

Period layer saved for viewing (without incurring further costs)12 months
Period print saved for (without incurring further costs)12 months

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