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New guidance to safeguard and manage Northern Ireland’s rocks and landscape has been produced by the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (GSNI). Dr Kirstin Lemon, Team Leader of Information and Infrastructure at the GSNI tells us: “Understanding and managing Northern Ireland’s geodiversity has never been so important. With increasing pressures on our resources and our environment, we need to provide guidance on how we can safeguard and manage this for current and future generations.”

2017-10-23


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The British Geological Survey (BGS) is the world’s oldest national survey and the premier centre in the UK for earth science expertise. Executive Director Professor John Ludden is dedicated to advising government and industry on how to face geological challenges. We caught up with him at to discuss the BGS’s focus of understanding earth and environmental processes as well as delivering impartial advice in all areas of geoscience in the UK and internationally.

2017-10-20


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The scale of human impact on our planet has changed the course of Earth's history, an international team of researchers has concluded. Dr Colin Waters, a researcher with the British Geological Survey and the chair of The Anthropocene Working Group said: 'The Anthropocene Working Group is now working on such a proposal, based upon finding a 'golden spike' - a reference level within recent strata somewhere in the world that will best characterize the changes of the Anthropocene.

2017-10-02


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SIR Keith O’Nions has been announced as the first chair to lead the new British Geological Survey (BGS) board, which has been created to assist the BGS meet future challenges and ensure it continues as a globally leading survey, delivering services and providing infrastructure support both nationally and globally.

2017-09-29


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The recently launched Horizon 2020 project SERA (Seismology and Earthquake Engineering Research Infrastructure Alliance for Europe) aims to reduce the risk posed by natural and anthropogenic earthquakes across Europe. As part of this effort, a comprehensive earthquake risk modelling framework for Europe is being developed by a core group of engineering / risk partners in collaboration with the Global Earthquake Model or GEM.

2017-09-29


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THE British Geological Survey (BGS) has announced the location for a new “observatory for the underground” near Frodsham and Helsby that will provide important research evidence on natural resources for heat and energy. BGS has confirmed the Ince Marshes area as its preferred location for the Cheshire Energy Research Field Site, part of a £31 million science investment.

2017-09-26


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Over the last week, two earthquakes have hit Mexico and the second has killed more than 200 people in the country's capital. The British Geological Survey (BGS) noted that there have been 20 earthquakes in the last 10 years with a magnitude of 6.5 or above, within a 200km radius of Mexico City. The country resides on one of the most active plate boundaries in the world.

2017-09-21


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After Mexico's 7.1-magnitude quake, some buildings have collapsed while others, often right next door, remain standing. Why? Seismologist Susanne Sergeant of the British Geological Survey says: "Softer materials amplify the ground shaking." But she cautioned: "At this point it's going to be difficult to say whether a building has been damaged due to the architecture or the geological variation."

2017-09-20


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Holidaymakers in Mexico have been warned to follow the advice of local authorities in the wake of a devastating earthquake that has claimed the lives of at least 217 people. According to the British Geological Survey, around 75 per cent of the world’s seismic energy is released at the edge of the Pacific, where the thinner Pacific plate is forced beneath thicker continental crust along “subduction zones”.

2017-09-20


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The project exploring how redundant coal mines could heat homes will be positioned on Clyde Gateway land, either in Rutherglen or the Dalmarnock side of the River Clyde. Representatives of the NERC and BGS were in The Legacy Hub in Dalmarnock last Tuesday to explain what the project will mean for people on both sides of the river and to get their feedback.

2017-09-14


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It lived well over 550 million years ago, is known only through fossils and has variously been described as looking a bit like a jellyfish, a worm, a fungus and lichen. But was the ’mysterious’ Dickinsonia an animal, or was it something else? A new study by researchers at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, and the British Geological Survey provides strong proof that Dickinsonia was an animal.

2017-09-14


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The Department of Economic Development has opened a licensing round to select suitably qualified applicants interested in potential hydrocarbon exploration in the Island’s waters. The Department’s technical advisors, British Geological Survey (BGS), have a data room available for interested parties to view Isle of Man seismic data at their offices in Edinburgh.

2017-09-11


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Stunning displays of the aurora borealis that were visible from parts of the UK overnight were associated by historic activity on the sun. British Geological Survey's (BGS) space weather unit said an X-ray solar flare that erupted from the sun on Wednesday was the strongest in a decade. BGS said it also ranked among the top 15 flares since the 1970s.

2017-09-08


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The massive earthquake that hit Mexico late on September 7, killing close to 60 people, is the biggest in the region in almost a century. Seismologists now say the magnitude 8.1 quake was so large it moved the fault up by 32 feet, as the Cocos and North American tectonic plates collided.

2017-09-08


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Space-weather forecasters the NOAA issued a G3 (Strong) Watch for today. The British Geological Survey, Aurorawatch UK and US body Space Weather Prediction Centre have all reported heightened opportunities of spotting the aurora, because of the solar storm.

2017-09-07


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Some of Scotland’s most densely populated communities are sitting on what could, quite literally, be a hotbed of limitless clean energy. The British Geological Survey and the Natural Environment Research Council, the UK’s main funding body for earth sciences, have unveiled plans to investigate the true scope of recovering heat from water trapped deep underground in abandoned mines in a pioneering new project that will be based in Glasgow.

2017-08-15


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Gordon Waddington, chief executive of the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA), examines the UK’s move towards a low carbon economy, and suggests that the Midlands is ideally placed to take advantage of the opportunities this will create. The ERA is a partnership of six of the Midlands’ outstanding research universities - Aston, Birmingham, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick, combined with the specialist expertise of the British Geological Survey.

2017-08-11


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British Geological Survey (BGS) will set up an Asian Research and Innovation hub in Andhra Pradesh’s new Capital City Amaravati. They are keen to play a role in the development of Amaravati, by advising the state on all aspects of geoscience and providing impartial geological advice to industry, academia and the public.

2017-08-10


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The largest earthquake to be felt in the west Highlands of Scotland in more than 30 years was recorded on Friday. The British Geological Survey (BGS) recorded the magnitude 3.8 tremor in the Moidart area just before 3.45pm. The BGS stated: "This earthquake was felt widely across the west of Scotland."

2017-08-05


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A team of scientists is pursuing an energy source of the future. They have drilled down toward the center of the Earth, stopping short of a chamber of molten magma, a scalding pocket so hot it would melt a lead pipe. They aim to use that heat to power the world. “You have volcanic areas around the world and if we can get more out of it, it might have global implications,” says John Ludden, executive director of the British Geological Survey. “In reality, we may not be that far away.”

2017-07-25

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