York Minecraft model

The York model was built by BGS in 2005 as a result of a recent integrated 1:10 000 survey and model building programme for the Selby and York areas.

It considers available borehole evidence, and extends to about 50 m depth. The model has been calculated using a digital elevation model (DEM).

At high vertical exaggerations, despite processing, some residual effects, mainly due to local woodland, can still be seen in the top model surface.

More information about this model and how it was developed.

York model with geology and topography
York model with geology

Site location

This model covers 50 km2 of terrain to the north and east of York including in the north the village of Haxby. The area lies within the low lying Vale of York where deposits from the last glaciation (Devensian) often rest directly on the eroded and planed Triasssic bedrock.

Site location map
Site location map with geology map overlaid


When you first land in the world there will be signposts with information to get you started.

Once you've got your bearings you can fly around the 3D model by double-tapping then holding the space bar, which will cause you to fly up into the air.

Geology key

The geological units for each model have been grouped together in order to accommodate the limited Minecraft glass block palette of 16 colours. Where possible we have tried to emulate the BGS geological unit colours.

Geology Minecraft Block
Sherwood Sandstone Brown stained glass block Brown stained glass
Vale of York moraine Cyan stained glass block Cyan stained glass
Breighton Sand and Sutton Sand deposits Light grey stained glass block Light grey stained glass
Alne glacial lake deposits, Hemingbrough glacial lake deposits, sand lenses Orange stained glass block Orange stained glass
Glacial outwash deposits Pink stained glass block Pink stained glass
Poppleton glacial outwash sand and gravel Purple stained glass block Purple stained glass
River deposits of the Foss Valley, river deposits of the Ouse Valley Yellow stained glass block Yellow stained glass