The British Geological Survey made headlines last year when it released a 5.4GB scale
Minecraft map of the surface geology of mainland Great Britain and its surrounding islands. Now it’s started to look more closely at smaller portions of the country. BGS has initially focused on three locations: West Thurrock, York and Ingleborough. Each map consists of 50MB, and represents major roads, buildings and geological rises and falls, with overlaps and folds hidden below surface level. The models are fascinating, and every neatly sliced chunk of the country exudes a fragile beauty as a result of BGS’s use of coloured glass blocks. Each map has its own page with accompanying topological data, and a key that shows which blocks the team chose to represent different types of rock.