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Zinc ingots produced at Skorpion Mine, Southern Namibia
Recent news reports which suggest that the world is running out of certain essential metals are just scaremongering say scientists from the British Geological Survey (BGS). The basis for these stories is the idea that we have reached peak metal …


Eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in April 2010
Scientists at the British Geological Survey (BGS) have found evidence in the UK of large ash particles from the Icelandic volcanic eruption in April 2010. This discovery will help improve the modelling of ash plume dispersal from future eruptions.


OneGeology-Europe, the first ever multilingual and digital geological map of Europe, is on-line. The new portal provides a comprehensive overview of Europe's subsurface. It improves land use planning at a European level and lets citizens …


Compass and map
The British Geological Survey have completed an aerial survey to assess the full extent and impact of the floods and landslides in Cornwall on 17 November 2010. High resolution images can be accessed from …


Seismic trace
Scientists from 23 countries are meeting in Rome today to establish new systems for the exchange of Earth science data throughout Europe. The European Plate Observing System (EPOS) plans to establish mechanisms through which scientists can gain …


Rock salt (Halite)
Rock salt 'grit' is vital for keeping our road traffic moving in icy weather. What is it made of? Where does it come from? And, how much is there? All this and more is answered by the British Geological Survey (BGS).


BGS have received several reports from Skye, Mull, Inverness and Oban of a felt event this morning at around 06:00 UTC. One report described I was awakened by noise and vibration in my bedroom . An earthquake of this size and depth might be …


Tungsten-bearing vein, Carrock Fell mine, Lake District, Cumbria [P220208] (C)NERC
A new guide to tungsten has been published by the British Geological Survey (BGS) on its website. Tungsten is highly valued because of its hardness and heat resistance and the UK has the potential to become a significant …


The British Geological Survey (BGS) says all the ingredients are coming together for aurora sightings over the next few days. This is due to the largest solar storm in 4 years which could result in possible space weather impacts in the UK. This …


Sampling at the O2, Greenwich, London
The largest environmental survey of London's soils has just been completed by scientists at the British Geological Survey (BGS). The survey was carried out to provide baseline information for over 50 chemical elements. It will enable local …


Dark coloured tantalite, Minas Gerais, Brazil (c) Rob Lavinksy, CC-BY-SA-3.0
A new guide to niobium and tantalum has been published by the British Geological Survey (BGS) on its website. These little-known metals have some unique properties which make them essential ingredients in a wide range of …


Dr Rui Pinho, GEM Secretary General and Professor John Ludden, BGS Executive Director
Over half a million people have died in the last decade due to earthquakes, most of these in the developing world where risk is increasing due to rapid population growth and urbanisation. The devastating impact of earthquakes has been at the …


Tin ingot
To coincide with the British Science Festival, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has today released a new ' Risk List 2011 which ranks the risk to global supply of chemical elements of economic value. The list highlights vulnerable elements …


White Ribbon
The British Geological Survey's Scottish headquarters at Murchison House, Edinburgh is holding its annual open day on Saturday 24 September 2011. It will be open to the public from 10am to 5pm to showcase its science as part of this year's …


Assorted metals
In response to growing unease over supply of critical metals for high-tech manufacturing and green technologies, the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the University of Exeter have agreed to join forces in a new initiative to improve research …


Baseline groundwater sampling
The British Geological Survey is undertaking a new project to establish the baseline of methane levels in groundwater throughout the UK. Evidence from the USA has shown very high methane concentrations in groundwater in areas of shale gas …


The BGS has received information from the Media, the Police and several residents in towns and villages in Northumberland and Tyne & Wear, who reported that they felt an event sometime around 15:15 UTC today. Reports described 'the front door …


A treasure trove of fossils including plant specimens collected by Charles Darwin, have been rediscovered. The fossils, which have been lost for 165 years, were unearthed in an old cabinet at the British Geological Survey's vast fossil …


Following recent observations of solar activity there is an increased risk of a geomagnetic storm from 24-JAN-2012 to 25-JAN-2012. An energetic M-class solar flare erupted on the Sun earlier today. This was associated with a coronal mass …


Since 1982, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has been instrumental in making the council, residents and central government aware of the ground stability problems that affect parts of Ripon. The BGS are aware that the Auction Mart site, North …


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