On 15 March 2017 the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) announced that GeoSciML was approved and published with full documentation as an OGC Standard. The OGC GeoSciML Standard defines a model and the encoding for geological features commonly described and portrayed in geological maps, cross sections, geological reports and databases.
There will be intermittent disruptions affecting a wide range of our web services from Tuesday 21 March throughout the rest of the week while we undertake database maintenance. Apologies for any inconvenience.
We are very pleased to announce that week beginning 6th March 2017, BGS Cardiff Office is relocating to Cardiff University.
BGS Cardiff Office and switchboard will reopen on the Cardiff University campus on Thursday 9th March.
Over the last few days we have made some considerable changes to the infrastructure of our main website (www.bgs.ac.uk) and its hosted sites. We thank you for your patience while we fix any remaining issues. Found a bug? Please let us know!
The BGS website and hosted sites such as OneGeology will be temporarily offline for essential maintenance from 12:00 on Monday 27 February. Hopefully normal services will resume within the hour. Apologies for any inconvenience.
Check out our updated Earthquakes and UK School Seismology pages.
The Bedhampton and Havant spring complex in Hampshire is one of the best examples of Chalk karst springs in the UK. This an overview of the karst hydrogeology in the catchment of the springs.
The Eli Simpson Archive is an extensive collection of material covering caves and caving in Yorkshire and Derbyshire. It was compiled by Eli Simpson (1884–1962), the founder of the British Speleological Association (now the British Cave Research Association (BCRA)), with contributions from other members.
On 19/12/2016 we refreshed the design of the BGS website.
Update on the current cruise to Tropic Seamount to analyse ferromanganese crusts
Report on a responsive visit to a sinkhole at Magdalen Road, Ripon on 11 November 2016.
The latest version of the organisational structure of BGS is now available.
Download our latest Science Review highlighting the key projects and research we undertook during 2015–2016.
This knowledge exchange project concerns the Chalk and Jurassic and Permian limestones of England. These are soluble-carbonate aquifers in which caves are uncommon and karst often not well-recognised.
Instructions for opening the Eddleston 3D model pdf
In October 2016, the BGS, in association with the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), completed an estimate for the amount of shale oil and shale gas in the Jurassic of the Wessex area. This is an extension to the Weald Basin study in south-east England that was published on 23 May 2014.
Robert Kidston FRS, one of the great palaeontologists of the Geological Survey, was also an example of the 'gentleman scientist'. After years of self-financed studies into the fossil plants of the Carboniferous, he bequeathed a huge collection of fossils to the BGS in 1925.
ORCHESTRA will span five years and use a combination of data collection, analyses and computer simulations to radically improve our ability to measure, understand and predict the circulation of the Southern Ocean and its role in the global climate.
We undertake a wide range of tracer isotope techniques including characterisation of U particles, depleted uranium analysis, Si isotope analysis, biosphere mapping using Sr isotopes, and Sr, Nd, Hf and Pb analysis using solution and laser ablation methods.
The websites and online services that are hosted at BGS Keyworth are closed for infrastructure maintenance over the 2016 August bank holiday weekend, from 16:00 on Friday 26th until 09:00 on Tuesday 30th.