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Burj Khalifa, Dubai
The evidence for a new geological epoch which marks the impact of human activity on the Earth is now overwhelming according to a recent paper by an international group of geoscientists. The Anthropocene, which is argued to start in the mid-20th Century, is marked by the spread of materials such as aluminium, concrete, plastic, fly ash and fallout from nuclear testing across the planet, coincident with elevated greenhouse gas emissions and unprecedented trans-global species invasions.

2016-01-08


BGS roundel
Scientists at the British Geological Survey (BGS) have today published ground breaking research that will reduce the risk of earthquakes and borehole damage caused by fracking.

2016-03-01


The Lyell Centre
The British Geological Survey (BGS) in Scotland has moved! BGS Scotland is now based at The Lyell Centre, on the Heriot-Watt university campus in Edinburgh. Two major new buildings provide large open plan offices for staff, a major new marine operation and engineering facility, the national collection of Scottish rocks and fossils together with laboratories and workshops to support the science programmes.

2016-03-23


Anton Dohrn Seamount
The BGS has released a wealth of information on the geology of the sea bed around the UK. These data are available to download for free, accompanied by viewable maps, and will be a valuable resource for companies, researchers and decision makers in their work to ensure sustainable developments of the marine environment. The information comprises geophysical data representing 800,000 kilometres of the geology of the UK marine environment.

2016-03-23


C02GeoNet
The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) last year in Paris represented a turning point for global climate change mitigation. At COP21, the decision makers and scientists unanimously asserted that urgent action is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to meet the ambitious target of keeping average global temperature increase to less than 2°C as set out in the Paris Agreement.

2016-05-05


Water
The British Geological Survey, along with a PhD student from The University of Manchester, have discovered high exposure to the toxic arsenic chemical from private water supplies in the UK.

2016-05-09


Co2Geonet
The outcomes of the 11th CO2GeoNet Open Forum, including a short report, presentations and videos of speakers, are being uploaded at http://www.co2geonet.com/.

2016-05-26


Prof John Ludden
The British Geological Survey (BGS) are proud to announce that Professor John Ludden has received a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his services to geoscience. Professor Ludden is an internationally leading earth scientist and the Executive Director of the BGS.

2016-06-10


Dr Martin Smith
The British Geological Survey (BGS) are proud to announce that Dr Martin Smith, Science Director for BGS Global Geosciences, has received an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for his services to geological sciences.

2016-06-10


iGeology icon
Based on use of the popular geology app, iGeology, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has identified their top ten most popular coastal destinations in Great Britain.

2016-06-15


BGS Civils: strength
The British Geological Survey (BGS) has launched new datasets for informing ground engineering design called ‘BGS Civils’. The package includes a suite of seven engineering properties for soils and rocks nationwide including strength, bulking volumes and corrosivity and has been developed to facilitate desk study screening for ground engineering projects.

2016-06-29


Lithium
Mineral profile – Lithium is a new addition to the series of BGS mineral profiles.

2016-08-03


Prospective shale gas resources in central Britain (published by DECC, 2013)
The British Geological Survey (BGS) have successfully retained a key geoscience consultancy role for the UK Government and will work closely with the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA). As part of the three year contract, the BGS will provide geoscience project services that aid the identification, definition and quantification of leads and prospects and provide input data to the calculation of undiscovered resource volumes.

2016-08-16


Salinity and arsenic in SE Asia
Scientists from the British Geological Survey (BGS) have published a new paper in Nature Geoscience mapping out the quantity and quality of the world’s most important aquifer.

2016-08-30


Seismologists David Hawthorne (BGS) and Simone Mancini (INGV) setting up seismometers before deployment
UK scientists from the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the University of Edinburgh set off this week to the earthquake affected area of central Italy. They will deploy seismometers to help better understand the science of aftershocks and how scientists might better assist global emergency response.

2016-08-31


Giant's Causeway
A new book, launched today at Parliament Buildings, Belfast; 'Unearthed: impacts of the Tellus surveys of the north of Ireland' tells how an unprecedented combined land and air survey of the 'land below ground' over the last 10 years has unearthed valuable natural resources, refined our understanding of the agri-environment and has identified naturally-occurring hazards.

2016-10-04


Monitoring of methane in groundwater
The overturning of Lancashire County Council's rejection for permission to drill for shale gas means that it's possible that shale gas may be extracted commercially in the area.

2016-10-06


Lyell Centre
A pioneering global research centre for earth & marine science and technology was opened by Deputy First Minister John Swinney. Lyell Centre brings together the expertise of British Geological Survey with the academic innovation of Heriot-Watt University.

2016-10-21


The information in the Atlas will help develop better water supplies for people across Africa
The British Geological Survey are today launching the Africa Groundwater Atlas at a major water conference in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.

2016-12-01


RD2
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, visited The British Geological Survey (BGS) at The Lyell Centre in Edinburgh today as part of his visit to Scotland. The visit, which followed an extra £800 million infrastructure funding for the Scottish Government, took part in the brand new Lyell Centre Support building which houses the state of the art Rock Drill 2 (RD2).

2016-12-01

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