BGS vitrinite reflectance

BGS vitrinite reflectance data coverage.
Scale N/A
Coverage Great Britain
Format Excel spreadsheet or GIS point data (ESRI, MapInfo, others available by request)
Price On request. Subject to number of users, licence fee and data preparation fee.


Vitrinite reflectance is used to assess the thermal maturation of a source rock. Vitrinite is a maceral (microscopic woody tissue, such as stems, bark, root and twigs) that is formed through the thermal alteration of lignin and cellulose in plant cell walls. Rocks buried at depth are subject to higher temperatures and as this increases, vitrinite is altered through a process known as aromatisation, which increases its reflective properties.

The BGS vitrinite reflectance dataset is available as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet or as points in GIS format.


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Hutton field: well correlation diagram.