Advanced soil geochemical atlas — WMS

Topsoil Aluminium concentrations map

The Advanced Soil Geochemical Atlas of England and Wales is made available here to view as a WMS service.

The atlas was a joint project between the British Geological Survey and Rothamsted Research. The maps are based on 5700 surface soil samples (0-15 cm), collected across England and Wales, that have been analysed for 52 major and trace elements (eg aluminium, calcium, rubidium, lanthanum, selenium etc). The compiled atlas is also available online for viewing as an ebook download. The data for each of the elements can be downloaded as a set of interpolated concentrations (20Mb) on a 1 kilometre grid across England and Wales.

View in compatible software.


Tutorial videos showing how to include a WMS in an ArcGIS or MapInfo project.

Can't use WMS?

This data is included in the UK Soil Observatory. Try the UK Soil Observatory viewer if you are unable to use a WMS service.

Service address

Enter the address below into your WMS client.

Example WMS requests (versions 1.3.0 and 1.1.1 supported)

(These produce XML files. You may have to save them to disk in order to read them.)

Topsoil Aluminium concentrations WMS 1.3.0 requests in British National Grid (BNG)

Topsoil Calcium concentrations WMS 1.1.1 requests in Lat/Long WGS84 (WGS84)

See the GetCapabilities response for a full list of elements in this service.

Terms of use

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The BGS provides no warranty as to the quality, accuracy, completeness of this free map data or the medium on which it is supplied. This includes any warranty as to the continued provision of material or that the material taken from this site is compatible with your computer system and/or any other data with which the material is to be used.