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This morning Years 5 and 6 had a fascinating few hours learning from the geologists at the BGS. In a fast moving and inspiring carousel of hands on activities we were taken back in time and taught some of the many lessons we have learned from the science and history of our earth.

2014-03-19


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NOTTS will be celebrating National Science and Engineering Week with a range of free interactive activities for all the family... The British Geological Survey will be hosting a family fun day in Nicker Hill, Keyworth, on March 22. The event will take place from 10am until 4pm and activities will include making your own earthquake as well as rock and fossil displays and talks.

2014-03-07


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A house in Ripon which was damaged when a 25ft-wide (7.5m) sinkhole opened has been demolished... The British Geological Survey has said Ripon lies in one of the most susceptible areas of the UK for sinkholes, because of its 'Permian gypsum deposits' which can dissolve more quickly than the surrounding limestone.

2014-03-05


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Ahead of the Jisc Digital Festival next week, for which Times Higher Education is media partner, five experts predict the innovations and trends that are set to change the face of higher education and research in the coming years.

2014-03-05


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There is a new tool in the gardener’s pocket that’s quick, sharp and versatile: the smartphone... Gardeners’ Question Time producer Howie Shannon recommended to me the British Geological Survey called mySoil. This free app is useful if you are thinking of moving house and want to take plants to your new garden, but are not sure of the soil type...Plus, it’s free.

2014-03-04


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Heavy rainfall has contributed to sinkholes appearing in the UK at the fastest rate since 1987, with developers potentially facing huge costs from hidden threats below the surface... 'It is important to avoid the most subsidence-prone areas and to investigate then design developments to cope with potential problems.' Vanessa Banks, British Geological Survey

2014-02-26


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Scientists have developed a new model to predict how much a new high-speed railway would shake the ground around it, and the effect this could have on those living near the line... The new study, published in Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, used existing data on soil properties from NERC's British Geological Survey to build a computer model to predict how a new high speed line will affect the ground and surrounding buildings.

2014-02-24


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People have reported their houses swaying after a magnitude 4.1 earthquake three miles beneath the Bristol Channel. The British Geological Survey (BGS) said the tremor, which happened at 1.21pm, was being analysed. Brian Baptie, from the BGS, told Sky News: 'We get an earthquake of this size maybe roughly once every three years somewhere in the UK.'

2014-02-20


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A magnitude 4.1 earthquake has struck in the Bristol Channel, the strongest to hit Britain in six years... Julian Bukits, an assistant seismologist from the British Geological Survey, said: "The earthquake had a magnitude 4.1 and was felt in Devon and across the south coast of Wales. We've had reports in Swansea, Exeter, Barnstaple, Gloucester and so on. 'It's a significant sized earthquake by UK standards but worldwide it's pretty average - we get about 5,500 this size in the world every year.'

2014-02-20


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A spate of sinkholes have appeared as the constant heavy rainfall has flooded much of the UK, Dr Vanessa Banks explains why this is happening and the warning signs to look out for that your property could be at risk... Dr Vanessa Banks of the British Geological Survey said that the holes appear when the layers of earth, gravel and clay above becoming so saturated with water they can no longer support their own weight.

2014-02-19


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Sinkholes are appearing across Britain as rain batters the UK and floods continue to swamp some areas - but what are they, and is heavy rain really to blame for that sinking feeling? ... Dr Vanessa Banks from the British Geological Survey, told Channel 4 News: 'The ground is saturated at the moment, in certain parts of the country, and where it's saturated, it will remain saturated for some weeks, if not months.'

2014-02-18


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Three homes have been evacuated in a street in North Yorkshire after a 25ft-wide (7.5m) sinkhole opened... Dr Vanessa Banks, from the British Geological Survey, explained to the BBC why recent heavy rainfall had led to an 'increased number' of sinkholes.

2014-02-18


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Groundwater levels are so high in some parts of the country that flooding is likely to persist for weeks or even months, experts say... Scientists at the British Geological Survey (BGS) say levels are likely to keep rising even if there is no more rain, as so much water is soaking through the soil. A BGS report last month said water levels had risen by more than 30 metres in some observation wells in chalk in Hampshire.

2014-02-13


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LEC’s partnership with the British Geological Survey is strengthened with the joint appointment of a geochemist to work on geological carbon dioxide storage... The British Geological Survey (BGS) has the UK’s highest concentration of scientists working on carbon storage, and Niko’s appointment is part of a new initiative at the BGS to form stronger research collaborations with UK universities.

2014-02-13


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Experts are warning that flooding in large parts of southern England and in some areas of Wales, could last for months - because the groundwater is so high. But what does this mean? Well, Newsround asked a groundwater expert to explain it to us. Emily Crane works for the British Geological Survey (BGS) - an organisation made up of Earth scientists such as geologists.

2014-02-12


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... Andrew McKenzie, a water expert with the survey, said: 'What we saw [in the floods] of 2000-2001 was groundwater flooding persisting well into the spring and the last remnants of groundwater flooding finished in about May of 2001. So we certainly are expecting to see many more months of groundwater issues.'

2014-02-12


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Because so much water needs to soak through the soil, parts of the South will face the serious risk of flooding for months to come. Even if the rain stopped today, groundwater levels could keep on rising until the Spring, as Martin stew explains... with BGS hydrogeologist, David Macdonald.

2014-02-12


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... Andrew McKenzie, hydrogeologist from the British Geological Survey, said the flooding emergency is likely to continue for months... He said: 'Groundwater flooding could last until May even if the rain stops, as the levels are so high. The aquifers are at their highest levels since 2001.'

2014-02-12


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'We are in uncharted territories,' said Andrew McKenzie, a groundwater expert at the British Geological Survey, explaining that the extreme rains had led to 'spectacular rises' in some of the aquifers that lie beneath large parts of the country. This could see flooded streets and sewage system problems persist 'for months' in some parts, he said, though it was difficult to know for certain. 'It’s really hard. We haven’t seen two months like this in a very long historical record,' he said.

2014-02-12


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Andrew McKenzie, hydrogeologist from the British Geological Survey, warned 'we are expecting to see many more months of groundwater issues'...Groundwater flooding could remain in some areas south of the Thames Valley from Reading to Salisbury until spring, said Andrew McKenzie, hydrogeologist from the British Geological Survey. For instance, groundwater levels in the Chalk aquifer at Tilshead on Salisbury Plain rose by 20 metres in just two weeks, Mr McKenzie said.

2014-02-11

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