Former British Petroleum collection

The former BP collection contains thousands of micropalaeontological, palynological and nannofossil samples from over 120 countries. Click on each country's pin for more information about the wells and outcrops present.

The collection contains the microfossil well-run samples from BP's exploration activities since the 1950s, including slides and residues from over 3,800 well and outcrop localities worldwide.

Specimens include:

  • micropalaeontological slides
  • palynological¬†slides (c. 78,000)
  • nannofossil slides
  • faunal slides
  • loose specimens¬†
  • residues

Access the former BP collection database

Former British Petroleum collection.
Former BP microfossil database

Search materials from over 3,500 individual well runs, including palynological and nannofossil slides from over 120 countries.

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