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A SONIC event has been blamed for rumbling noises and rattling windows last night. British Geological Survey seismologist Davie Galloway confirmed the vibrations were too slow to have been an earthquake. Instead the vibrations were measured to be at the speed of sound, which led to the conclusion that it was likely to have been a sonic event, such as a plane going supersonic.

2017-07-18


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Scientists will investigate how fracking can affect drinking water and its role in earthquake tremors. Professor Michael Stephenson, director of science and technology at the British Geological Survey, which has undertaken four major surveys of the shale resource, said there appeared to be key differences between shale in the UK and in the US, where fracking first took off.

2017-07-05


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Today, a paper providing an assessment of the resource base for engineered geothermal systems in Great Britain was released by the British Geological Survey, providing an estimated technical potential of 2,280 MW.

2017-06-21


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The British Geological Survey has confirmed that a mysterious loud bang heard in several Lincolnshire villages was an earthquake. Glenn Ford, seismologist for the organisation, said that incidents like this happen more often than many understand.

2017-06-06


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A new gold rush is targeting rich ores on the ocean floor containing valuable metals needed for smartphones and green technologies, but also hosting exotic ecosystems. Tracy Shimmield at the British Geological Survey argues that the UK should seek a national licence from the International Seabed Authority in order to set up an ocean floor observatory.

2017-06-04


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The freak weather phenomenon, called a “meteotsunami”, occurred near Amsterdam off the country’s north coast on Monday morning. Professor David Tappin of the British Geological Survey said: 'Most tsunamis are geological, where you have a vertical movement on the seabed which can be caused by an earthquake, or a landslide. Meteotsunamis, however, are created by weather.'

2017-06-02


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Commercial interest is growing in plans to harness geothermal energy from Iceland’s magma lakes and use it to supply the UK and Europe. “We have had discussions with a number of international oil and gas companies,” says John Ludden, the director of the British Geological Survey, which is coordinating the Krafla project with Iceland’s Geothermal Research Group.

2017-05-19


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Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur has collaborated with the British Geological Survey to turn Varanasi into a smart city. Three dimensional geological modelling of the geology under Varanasi will be prepared to help improve the building of new transport and service infrastructure.

2017-05-13


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New insights into the convection patterns of the Earth’s mantle and its chemical makeup have been revealed by a researcher from the University of Leicester. The research was conducted with Professor Huw Davies of Cardiff University and Dr Martin Wolstencroft of JBA Risk Management, Skipton (formerly of Cardiff University) and Dr Ian Millar at the NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory at the British Geological Survey in Keyworth.

2017-05-12


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This year's theme was time, tide and tectonics - as visitors and school groups enjoyed talks, walks, exhibitions and hands on activities across the town. other organisations that took part in this year's even included British Antarctic Survey and the British Geological Survey.

2017-05-02


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On April 28, 2007 just before 8.20am, Folkestone shook during a 4.3 magnitude earthquake that startled people awake. Scientists studying the seismic activity around Britain were caught off guard as David Booth, of the British Geological Survey, revealed they did not expect Folkestone to be an area prone to an earthquake.

2017-04-28


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There were more than 4,000 earthquakes recorded across Scotland over the past 50 years, including a 4.4 magnitude quake in Knoydart Peninsula in 1974. Davie Galloway, British Geological Survey seismologist, told the BBC Scotland news website, that an earthquake over 2 magnitude would feel like a lorry passing your house and it would make windows rattle.'People think we don't get earthquakes because we are not on the edge of a plate but we do.'

2017-04-26


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They may seem like a rare phenomenon, but the UK experiences more earthquakes than you think. An interactive map by Esri UK plotting the earthquakes has been published to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of the inventor of the Richter Scale. British Geological Survey spokesman Clive Mitchell said: ‘Despite being nowhere near a plate tectonic boundary the UK experiences hundreds of small earthquakes each year.'

2017-04-25


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A treasure trove of new datasets created by a joint-industry project has been released to improve understanding of under-explored parts of the North Sea and Irish Sea. The 21st Century Exploration Roadmap project was undertaken by the Oil and Gas Authority, the British Geological Survey, the UK energy department, Oil and Gas UK and 49 oil company sponsors between November 2014 and May 2016.

2017-04-19


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There are fears a hosepipe ban could be on the horizon after suppliers warned people to be careful of how much water they are using after a particularly dry winter. According to a new study by the British Geological Survey, the majority of Kent and the surrounding areas could be at severe risk of water shortage – as the area is almost entirely dependent on groundwater from rainfall.

2017-04-12


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The UK CCS Research Centre (UKCCSRC) has received £7.6m ($9.4m) in funding to extend its carbon capture and storage (CCS) efforts for a further five years. Three Scottish carbon capture and Storage (SCCS) partner institutes – British Geological Survey, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Strathclyde – will join other project partners from across the UK.

2017-04-11


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Scientists will study the possibility of producing geothermal energy from magma for the first time, in a $100 million project in Iceland, which if successful could produce up to 10 times more energy than from a conventional well. The project is being coordinated by Iceland's Geothermal Research Group and the British Geological Survey, with the participation of 38 institutes and companies from 11 countries including the United States, Canada and Russia.

2017-04-11


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A new interactive toolbox is helping urban planners, practitioners, environmental organisations and researchers across Europe work together to better understand and use the ground beneath our cities. "Our Action has become a database for cities, so everybody has access to all the data and best practices. Additionally, after 4 years of collaboration, Sub-urban created a strong link between researchers and local authorities," adds network leader Dr Seumas Campbell at the British Geological Survey.

2017-04-07


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Geosoft is participating in a pilot project aimed at improving the availability, accessibility and usability of geoscientific data to guide resource investment in the East African region. “We are very encouraged by this pilot initiative and the wide spectrum of geoscience data that will be made available,” said John Ludden Director of BGS.

2017-04-06


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Glasgow City Council is completing case studies to understand how subsurface knowledge can be used to inform Ldp policy and new spatial planning approaches and guidance. The British Geological Survey is working closely with Glasgow and other cities in the UK and internationally to ensure that subsurface data is embedded in the planning process and used to inform urban design and development.

2017-04-06

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