The following links and references are on the regional geology and terminology of the North Sea, including those used to construct this website. Where possible, links to open access material have been listed.

BGS Lithostratigraphic Nomenclature of the UK North Sea (1992-1994)

Revision of the existing UK North Sea lithostratigraphical nomenclature and the establishment of a new standard scheme by the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the United Kingdom Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA). 

BGS Report CR/15/124: Palaeozoic Petroleum Systems of the Central North Sea/Mid North Sea High (2016)

Report by the British Geological Survey (BGS) on the the Carboniferous and Devonian petroleum systems of the Central North Sea and Mid North Sea High area. Published on the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) Open Research Archive.

GSL Memoir 20: United Kingdom Oil and Gas Fields Commemorative Millennium Volume (2003)

The Geological Society of London Memoir Number 20 written by geologists and and geophysicists, from both industry and academia, who work on hydrocarbon fields and discoveries across the UK Continental Shelf. These including the North Sea and contain information on the tectonic and stratigraphic framework, as well as stories behind the major plays and discoveries.

Millennium Atlas: Petroleum Geology of the Central & Northern North Sea (2003)

Geological and petroleum atlas written by a collaboration of the Geological Society of London (GSL), the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) and the Norwegian Petroleum Society (NPS). Funded by and based on data supplied by the oil and gas industry.

Tertiary Deep-Marine Reservoirs of the North Sea Region (2015)

The Geological Society of London Special Publication Number 403 that focuses on the regional depositional setting of these deep-marine systems, stratigraphic and palaeogeographical context for exploration, and their development case histories. 


Published material which includes North Sea Core.

Petroleum Group e-newsletter (2018)

Call to help with the core salvage operation as it was in October 2018, prior to the official launch of the initiative. Written by Lucy Williams, Chair of the Petroleum Group, Geological Society of London.

PESGB Magazine (2018)

Description of the core salvage operation and the initial social media promotion that prompted the formation of the North Sea Core initiative as it was in November 2018.

Agile* Scientific Blog (2018)

The lovely bunch at Agile* Scientific included the initiative in their annual Christmas blog post on suitable presents for the geoscientist in your life. This followed on from the OGA hackathons where winners received framed slabs of North Sea Core.

Geo.brief (2019)

The Geo.brief is published by KNGMG, The Royal Dutch Geological Mining Society and in the first of its 8 newsletters for 2019 they featured an article by our own Henk Kombrink on the core salvage initiative. Please note this article is in Dutch.

Petroleum Operations Notice 9 (2019)

​The latest Oil and Gas Authority PON9 documentation on the retention, release and disposal of samples includes North Sea Core, along with other great organisations where surplus material not required by the British Geological Survey could be donated.