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An earthquake has shaken Cornwall, with some describing the seismic event as like a “sonic boom” or a “loud bang from beneath”. The British Geological Survey said a tremor with a magnitude of 2.2 rocked an area about three miles (5km) south-west of Falmouth at around 6pm on Thursday.

2019-08-09


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Scientists have launched a ‘world’s first’ open data source of underground observatories aimed at putting scientific evidence ‘into the heart’ of decision making on the natural environment. The British Geological Survey (BGS), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and researchers from 20 leading earth science institutes have joined forces to provide data, information and knowledge on the rocks beneath our feet.

2019-08-01


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he go-ahead has been given to sink 50 boreholes as part of research into harnessing underground heat and steam power. Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) approved a British Geological Survey (BGS) application for a geoenergy observatory at Ince Marshes. The carbon-friendly power research was commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

2019-07-09


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New mapping has been carried out of hidden underground valleys around Scotland. The British Geological Survey (BGS) has published data it hopes other geologists will study to help develop their understanding. They said work now needs to be done to find out what is in the valleys.

2019-07-05


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The tiny island, also known as Zalzala Koh, was formed after 2013 earthquake.'Earthquake island' was formed as a result off the coast of port city Gwadar. It has been slowly eroded and shrinking for six years and is now fully submerged. Richard Luckett a seismologist at the British Geological Survey said: 'The exact mechanism for this triggering is poorly understood but the fact that mud volcanoes often occur without a triggering earthquake suggests that little extra impetus is required.’

2019-07-05


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Major landslides occur on the cliffs of East Yorkshire - some of the fastest eroding in Europe - every six to seven years, a study has concluded. Geologists found some 100m (330ft) stretches of the Holderness coast were losing enough cliff to fill two-and-a-half Olympic swimming pools a year. The 18-year study was carried out by the British Geological Survey (BGS). Researchers said it could help to forecast how landslides would respond to climate change predictions.

2019-05-24


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Driven by the increasing number and severity of failures in flood defences, transportation and utilities earthworks, PRIME™ was developed by the BGS Geophysical Tomography Team when looking for solutions to better manage earthworks assets.

2019-04-18


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Scientists have produced a new model to illustrate the December collapse of Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano and its subsequent tsunami. The results indicate that 0.2-0.4 cu km of material on the southwestern flank of the volcano must have slid into the sea to produce the destructive waves. The simulation matches well the high-water readings recorded at tide gauges on Sumatran and Javan coasts.

2019-04-12


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An international consortium of public agencies led by ARGANS and including the British Geological Survey, has won a major project funded by the European Space Agency to develop innovative Earth Observation products/information. The project will enhance knowledge and monitoring capabilities of the coastal environment in response to the approaching challenges of climate change and rapid sea level rise.

2019-04-08


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In this recent article in the Guardian, Rob Ward and Jon Ford of the British Geological Survey show that by working in partnership with organisations like the Environment Agency, we are prioritising our work to ensure that it delivers best value and multiple benefits to the country.

2019-03-28


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One of the UK's most sinkhole-prone cities is to use 3D-mapping techniques to help planners cope with the problem. Ripon sits above a layer of gypsum, a water soluble rock which leads to the formation of large underground caves. Dr Vanessa Banks, of the British Geological Survey, said by 2020 it was hoped the map would be available to help scientists, developers and planners.

2019-03-11


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The British Geological Survey has amassed one of the world’s premier collections of geologic samples. It contains 3 million fossils gathered over more than 150 years at thousands of sites. But this data trove “was not very useful to anybody,” says Michael Stephenson, a BGS paleontologist. Paper notes about the samples and rocks “were sitting in boxes.” Now there is an international effort to meld earth science databases into a “geological Google.”

2019-02-26


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A multimillionaire explorer who was the first to reach the deepest point of the Atlantic Ocean is preparing for his next dive in unmapped depths, thousands of metres below the surface. It is the job of geologist Heather Stewart at the British Geological Survey to find where the deepest point of South Sandwich Trench is.

2019-01-14


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Rapid shifts in the Earth's north magnetic pole are forcing researchers to make an unprecedented early update to a model that helps ships, planes and submarines in the Arctic navigate, scientists said. "It's moving at about 50km a year. It didn't move much between 1900 and 1980 but it's really accelerated in the past 40 years," Ciaran Beggan, of the British Geological Survey, said.

2019-01-13


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The British Geological Survey (BGS) has submitted a planning application to Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWACC) to site a UK Geoenergy Observatory at Ince Marshes in Cheshire. The submission comes as the country’s top geoscientists complete drilling of its first 199 m-deep borehole at the UK Geoenergy Observatory in Glasgow.

2019-01-04


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The seminars at the recently-held CropTec event covered topics including crop protection, crop nutrition, crop breeding and crop establishment, and were a popular destination for farmers and agronomists alike. Soil, engineering and hydrological datasets are being combined to update and improve a free-to-use UK Soil Observatory website, said British Geological Survey’s Henry Holbrook.

2018-12-14


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The first borehole is underway at the UK Geoenergy Observatory for Glasgow, Scotland, allowing scientists to 'see' underground at the world-class geothermal energy research site in the east end of the city. Lord Henley, the Undersecretary of State at the government's Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, was joined by representatives from NERC and the British Geological Survey (BGS), who are leading the project.

2018-12-14


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It’s World Soil Day today, the annual awareness day run by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation. The event aims to raise awareness of the importance of soil quality for human well-being, food security and ecosystems.

2018-12-05


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British geologists show that humans now move more materials than natural geological forces. To explore the magnitude of our effect on the planet, scientists from the British Geological Survey and the University of Leicester recently carried out three fascinating studies.

2018-11-27


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Scientists in Finland and the UK have built a computer model that visualises what water is doing underground in real time. They hope the new technology will help water companies extract groundwater sustainably and give a voice to people like farmers, who rely on the groundwater for their livelihoods. Niko Putkinen, a senior scientist at the Geological Survey of Finland, and Holger Kessler, from the British Geological Survey, explain how the system works.

2018-11-21

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