Temporary Exposures


Temporary Exposures are cropping up all around the country, as new infrastructures (ring roads, bypasses, tunnels, etc.) and small or major building developments (housing estates, shopping precincts, etc.) are cut into Quaternary (soil, glacial) deposits and the bedrock.

It is important for us to know the type of rock newly exposed, as we can use this information to update our geological maps. In the past, without rock exposures or drillhole core, we could often only extrapolate (using ‘informed guesswork’) the position of bedrock units beneath the Quaternary cover that extends across much of the country.

Geological maps are very important tools for all kinds of professionals – academics, engineers, builders, miners, hydrologists, environmentalists and ultimately, the policy-makers.

Don’t worry if you cannot answer many/all of the questions – just a location and general description would be very helpful to us.
A digital photo will also provide invaluable information!
If you feel more confident of your geological knowledge, or have had geological training, please use the'Professional'  TE Record Sheet for your observations.

Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are Required

*Which county do you live in?  
*E-mail Address  
Location of Temporary Exposure
Grid Coordinates (If Known)
GPS Used?
Date/Period of Observation
(Ease of) Access to Location
Type of Temporary Exposure
Please specify "other" if known
What sort of area/lenght does the section cover (approx)
General Description
Type of Development in Progress
Please specify "other" if known
When did the work start (approx)?
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When might it be finished (approx)?
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Do you know who the Construction Company is?

Is there more than one section or rock type exposed? How many?

Rock Types:

You can complete the next part of the form for each section/rock type - if willing! (Just re-enter your name/address details and skip to here)
Give a general geolgical description for the locality
What type of Exposed rock/deposit is visible?
Colour Description of the rock/deposit

Do you know/can you guess what type of rock/deposit it is?
(we won't hold you to this...)

If other, please describe briefly
Can you see the individual grains in the rock/deposit with the naked eye?
Estimate size of grains: Smaller/Larger than 1mm
If larger, approx size in mm:
Can you see any bedding (i.e. distinct layers)?
Are the beds Nearly/Horizontal or Dipping (sloping)?
How thick are the beds?

Are there any distinctive features?
Do you know its formation name and/or age
If you have digital photos, please upload them here by selecting the photos from your computer/network and clickong on "Post Pictures". You can upload as many as you like, just click on the "Add" button
Any comments/Suggestions?