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The former British Petroleum microfossil collection

The database represents the microfossil well-run collection resulting from British Petroleum's exploration activities since the 1950s. It holds details of material from over 3,500 individual well runs.

The main purpose of the database is to allow researchers to identify material of interest, based on its geographical location.

Please note that if you're using Excel to work with this dataset, you will need to import the .csv file as text and specifically set the 'Well_Name' and 'Well_Number' column data types to 'text' to avoid corruption of the data.

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Natural History Museum (2016). Dataset: The former British Petroleum microfossil collection. Natural History Museum Data Portal (

Retrieved: 18:13 06 May 2021 (GMT)

Additional Info

Field Value
Author(s) Natural History Museum
Temporal extent 1950 onwards
Last updated November 23, 2016
Last resource update November 23, 2016 (Former British Petroleum microfossil collection data)
Created November 23, 2016
License Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike