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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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Drilling at the UK's first deep geothermal electricity plant is to start this week. Located at the United Downs Industrial Estate in Cornwall, south-west England, the plant will provide enough energy to power 3000 homes, according to Geothermal Engineering Ltd (GEL). Partners for the project include the BGS, GeoScience Ltd, and the University of Plymouth Sustainable Earth Institute.

2018-11-06


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Humans now have a greater effect on shaping the surface of the Earth than natural processes do, according to three research projects by the British Geological Survey.

2018-11-05


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Dr Tracy Shimmield will provide leadership to the ORIC board, and is a key appointment in the multi-million pound project. Dr Shimmield brings a wealth of experience to the role, being an executive member of the British Geological Survey and co-director of Edinburgh’s Lyell Centre, a pioneering global research facility for earth and marine science and technology.

2018-10-03


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BGS director of science and technology Professor Mike Stephenson enthuses about the planned Cheshire Energy Research Field Site at Ince Marshes investigating this sphere.

2018-10-01


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Researchers from the British Geological Survey and Dundee University, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, have discovered that two tsunamis, each at least 40ft high, hit Shetland 5,000 and 1,500 years ago. "Think of me as Sherlock Holmes," says Prof Dave Tappin of the BGS. His colleagues call him Dave the Wave.

2018-09-17


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Plans to develop a geothermal research facility at an old coal mine in Glasgow have been approved. Glasgow City Council and South Lanarkshire Council have given the go-ahead for the Glasgow Geothermal Energy Research Field Site, which will enable the UK science community to study the geothermal environment below the Earth’s surface. It is one of two sites proposed under the £31 million UK Geoenergy Observatories investment led by the British Geological Survey.

2018-08-31


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A sinkhole which opened up in Ripon city centre on 21st August lead to the evacuation of a nearby supermarket. The British Geological Survey (BGS) said that Ripon is prone to sinkholes and there were a number of possible triggering mechanisms.

2018-08-21


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The UK Cabinet Office has launched a consultation on its first geospatial strategy, seeking views on how to make best use of the location data held by public, private and voluntary sector organisations. The UK’s Geospatial Commission is a committee given £80m of funding over two years to support the more effective use of public and private geospatial data. Its partners include government agencies with large amounts of location data, including the British Geological Survey.

2018-08-15


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Recent dry weather could have been a contributing factor in the rock fall which killed a nine-year-old girl in Staithes. Dr Helen Reeves, BGS, said: “Recent weeks have seen an increased number of cliff falls reported around our coastline in the UK”.

2018-08-09


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The county has been hit by tremors twice in a week with the latest taking place at a magnitude of 2.4 at 6.54am (BST) in Newdigate on Friday, hitting a depth of three miles (5km), the British Geological Survey (BGS) said. BGS seismologist Richard Luckett told Press Association there is a “constant stream” of small earthquakes over most parts of the UK on a regular basis, adding: “There’s no reason why Surrey should be any different.

2018-07-30


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British authorities said Monday they were working to examine the potential vulnerability to groundwater supplies from onshore oil and gas activity. The British Geological Survey and the nation's Environment Agency said they were working on a consistent way to examine potential contamination.

2018-07-23


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Rising river temperatures are anticipated globally because of climate change and this will be made worse by increasing abstraction of cool groundwater that helps to reduce high temperatures in summer. Researchers from the University of Birmingham and the British Geological Survey have discovered that warming rivers can cause marked increases in carbon dioxide and methane production.

2018-07-19

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