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Minecraft in the Real World - Add-Ons by SGU & BGS: What's Under Your Feet?

Updated: Nov 24, 2020

Have you ever wondered what Minecraft blocks would be made of if they were real? What would you find under your feet?

If you've ever played the game and wanted to know what Minecraft would look like if it was actually mapping the rocks on our planet - look no further!

The Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU) and British Geological Survey (BGS) have both created Minecraft Add-Ons, bringing exciting new dimensions to the game.

1) The SGU's add-on is called BetterGeo and can be found on the Minecraft Forum.

This add-on makes Minecraft look more like reality by adding new blocks and resources representing rock types, minerals, metals, elements and gemstones. With new realistic geology in the game you can learn about raw materials and geology while also finding critical materials necessary to create new high tech products like jet packs and heart starters.

2) The BGS's add-on offers 3D Geological Models which show what's actually underground in real UK locations! You can download them here.

If you've ever wanted to explore the UK's Glasgow, West Thurrock, York, Ingleborough this is your chance - West Thurrock's ancient underground terrain can be visited, with many Roman, Anglo-Saxon archaeological sites (as well as the M25). Plus there are ancient volcanoes in Scotland!

Find out more from the add-on developers in the interview below, with Pontus Westrin, Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU) and Stephen Thorpe, British Geological Survey (BGS) hosted by CMA Perception of Mining Group Co-Chair, Ben Lepley.

Watch the full interview here

And if you'd like to find out how similar Minecraft resources are to real world rocks and minerals, this Mindat page has put together a handy guide!

Thanks for reading - try out the add-ons and spread the word!

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