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The 2011 Japan tsunami, which killed up to 20,000 people and caused the partial meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant, was made worse by an underwater landslide, according to scientists... But an international team, led by Professor Dave Tappin of NERC's British Geological Survey, say the earthquake can't explain the full extent of the waves.

2013-12-17


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According to a government-commissioned report, more than half of the UK could be suitable for shale gas fracking... BBC reporter John Moylan visited the British Geological Survey to find out which areas of the UK offer the best potential for fracking.

2013-12-17


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The Earth could have been struck by many more huge earthquakes in its recent history than was previously thought, scientists say... Dr Roger Musson from the British Geological Survey said the database provided a 'warning from history'. 'For example, with the Fukushima disaster - people were surprised that there was such a large tsunami,' he told BBC News.

2013-12-12


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Oil and gas experts have been meeting in Edinburgh to debate whether Scotland could benefit from a shale gas revolution. Ineos-owned Grangemouth looks set to become the first chemical plant in the UK to receive shale gas from the United States. A British geological survey will look at the potential of fracking for shale gas in the central lowlands of Scotland, but environmentalists are concerned.

2013-12-11


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From intelligent drills to analysing gum tree leaves, an unprecedented push to develop new methods and technologies promises to transform the way miners explore for deposits, allowing them to dig deeper, faster and more cheaply... The British Geological Survey is using small aircraft to gather magnetic and radiometric measurements across the south west of England, including Cornwall and Devon, where tin, copper and other metals were mined for centuries.

2013-12-11


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GEOLOGICAL experts from Notts have been commissioned by the Afghan government to help develop a mining industry. The war-torn country is thought to be rich in rare minerals which could be valuable to the world's electronics industries. But it lacks the expertise to extract the minerals and has turned to the trading division of the British Geological Survey to help it take the first steps.

2013-12-09


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Cork has been rocked by an earthquake for the first time since records began more than three decades ago. The Irish National Seismic Network (INSN) revealed that a quake measuring 2.6 hit in the Celtic Sea, some 18km south of Ballymacshoneen on the West Cork coast shortly before 8am today. It was recorded by seismic stations in Valentia, Co Kerry, Dublin and Wexford and British Geological Survey stations throughout Wales.

2013-12-04


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Imagine if you were a super-villain who had taken control of all the world's gold, and had decided to melt it down to make a cube. How long would the sides be? Hundreds of metres, thousands even?... The British Geological Survey states that about 12% of current world gold production finds its way to this sector, where it is often used in such small quantities, in each individual product, that it may no longer be economical to recycle it.

2013-12-01


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The Swarm satellite mission, which will measure the Earth's magnetic field in more detail than ever before, was launched into orbit on Friday... 'This exciting mission will help us solve some long-standing puzzles about the Earth's magnetic field, and hopefully discover a few new ones along the way,' says Dr Ciaran Beggan, of NERC's British Geological Survey.

2013-11-20


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As much as a third of the heat needed to keep Scotland warm could be provided by tapping geothermal energy from old coal mines across the central belt, a major new study for the Scottish Government has concluded... The two-volume, 345-page study was conducted by the US energy firm Aecom and the British Geological Survey, and has been published by the Scottish Government.

2013-11-17


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Newcastle University has been named a key player in a new partnership to train the leading scientists of the future... The IAPETUS Doctoral Training Partnership, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), brings together the Universities of Durham, Glasgow, Newcastle, St Andrews and Stirling, together with the British Geological Survey and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.

2013-11-07


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A NEW project will probe, prod and scan every lump and bump in the South West. It will provide unprecedented information about the risks of everything from flash floods and landslides to radon and human activity... The project is an initiative of the British Geological Survey, British Antarctic Survey , and Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, working with Camborne School of Mines at the University of Exeter.

2013-11-05


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Heriot-Watt University and the The British Geological Survey today announced they are joining forces to create a new £17million centre for earth and marine science and technology... Based in Edinburgh, the Sir Charles Lyell Centre will be one of Europe’s leading centres for research and expertise in the earth and marine sciences.

2013-10-31


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Solar and wind power rightly receive a lot of attention as we struggle to ramp up renewable electricity and move away from fossil fuels... This would therefore means that the mineworkings below Glasgow are able to heat more than 80,000 homes per square kilometre... British Geological Survey (BGS) scientists have interpreted more than 50,000 borehole records from the Glasgow area and records of abandoned mines dating back to 1839.

2013-10-22


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Britain's changing weather patterns have resulted in an increase in the number of landslides in recent years as the result of heavy summer and winter rainfall. Geologists from the British Geological Survey have been measuring landslides across the UK for almost 30 years and have created a database of every landslide reported.

2013-10-21


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The British Geological Survey (BGS) is to begin work next year on estimating the size of shale gas deposits between Edinburgh and Glasgow. The move was confirmed by BGS's director of science and technology during an appearance before the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee. Prof Mike Stephenson said BGS planned to start work after a study in south east England is completed in March.

2013-10-16


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Green energy was a big part of the buzz emanating from the British Science Festival this year. Geothermal heat and sewage-powered clean energy were both on the sustainable agenda being discussed in Newcastle... First up was the revelation that an exciting partnership between the universities of Newcastle, Durham and Glasgow, and the British Geological Survey, is targeting deep geothermal energy to meet the UK’s entire heating demand and part of its power generation

2013-10-16


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THE UNDERGROUND train system in Glasgow could soon be heated by the water leaking into its tunnels as work begins on an ambitious two-year project... The British Geological Survey estimate that the geothermal waters beneath Glasgow could provide enough energy to heat 40% of the city’s homes.

2013-10-15


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The costly restoration of an Angus clock tower has been set back by at least six weeks... 'A sample piece of stone from the steeple is being analysed by the British Geological Survey to confirm to type of stone used to allow replacement stone to be sourced and carved to match the existing....'

2013-10-15


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The final survey needed for offshore wind energy developer Forewind to complete its planned applications for the development of the Dogger Bank Zone begins this week... There has also been a dedicated investigation of seismic anomalies and sophisticated geological modelling in association with the British Geological Survey and Norwegian Geotechnical Institute.

2013-10-15

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