Inspired by the Ordnance Survey (OS), BGS has reproduced the 2D geology of mainland Great Britain and surrounding islands within the world of Minecraft. This map shows the OS map data on the surface and the rough position of real geology beneath, repeated down to the bedrock.
In reality the geology varies with depth, like cake layers, and BGS is working on representing the arrangement of the rocks and sediments in the form of a 3D geological model. Watch this space!
Which just highlights how Northern Ireland is “a place apart” within the UK.
The original, made by an Ordnance Survey intern, Joseph Braybrook, was a 4.3 GB representation of the island.