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iGeology – app review

Greetings fellow geogeeks.  I know I’ve been quiet the past few weeks, this is mostly due to work commitments, but I have been working on a few new articles, they’re just taking me a little longer to get to writing than I expected.  So I thought I’d add a little post to keep you occupied; a review of an app – iGeology.

I’m one of those annoying people who has iPhone and won’t shut up about it (be honest you all know at least one person like that…you may even be that person).  About a year ago whilst I was browsing the app store like a digital sauropod I came across an app called iGeology and got instantly excited.  The app is free and is from the British Geological Survey (BGS) and is an interactive geological map of the UK.

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The map is made from the information on the BGS maps of the country and as you’d expect from such a prestigious organisation is accurate and incredibly detailed.  Take a look at the map for my home county of Shropshire

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You can play around with the layers to look at the surface and/or bedrock geology.  You can look at the locations of and findings from boreholes in the area.  They even have a layer for William Smith’s 1815 geological map of Britain.  If you tap one a location it will give you the recorded geology for the area.

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Tapping the arrows on right will provide you with more information about the geology at the location you’ve selected.

I found it to be a fantastically useful app when it comes to doing anything geogeeky.  I’ve used it in some of the posts I’ve written for this site.  The information is clear to understand, you can zoom a considerable distance so that you can get a good look at the geology of the area and have a accurate description of what is under your feet.  Problems with the app? Only one I can think of; you need a connection to the BGS via either 3G or WiFi, so if you’re out in the middle of no-where you might have a problem loading up the information & map.  If you suspect his is the case then I’d recommend making notes before you leave so that you can understand the geology in the area, or look it up when you get back.  So if you are geogeek and own an iPhone I recommend that you get this app, it’s free and so, so useful for geological studies.