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It has finally been a summer worth remembering after the deluges of 2012. But despite the welcome return of endless days of sunshine, last year’s record wet weather still had a sting left in its tail - an 'unprecedented' five-fold rise in the number of landslides in the past 12 months... Fewer than 60 landslides are reported on an average year, according to the British Geological Survey (BGS), but in 2012 there were 176.

2013-09-11


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Don't judge a book by its cover. Kenya's Turkana County is notoriously dry, but a survey now shows that it is sitting on a total of 250 trillion litres of groundwater. That is enough to support 40 million people if it is extracted sustainably... Before the deep extraction can begin, the Kenyan government must check the quality of the water, says Alan MacDonald of the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh, UK. I

2013-09-10


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Minister talks of shale gas ushering a 'green future', but report warns global emissions will rise without international climate deal... The British Geological Survey also said that it had begun a survey of methane levels in UK groundwater so that it could establish a baseline of how much of the gas occurred naturally, in order to detect whether contamination by fracking for shale gas occurs in the future.

2013-09-10


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There's a battle for influence taking place over fracking. Should companies in the UK be drilling for the trillions of cubic feet of shale gas lying thousands of metres below the surface of the earth, and hydraulically fracturing (fracking) the wells to get it out?... [Prof Mike Stephenson speaks about earthquakes, regulations and the north of England shale gas resource study.]

2013-09-05


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Another earthquake has been recorded just off the Fylde coast near Fleetwood.Experts say the latest tremor, early on Saturday morning, could be an aftershock following two earthquakes on August 25. According to the British Geological Survey, all of the quakes hit in the Irish Sea – around 25km (15.5 miles) west of Fleetwood. The latest tremor measured 2.6 on the Richter scale, slightly weaker than the 3.3 recorded last month.

2013-09-03


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The British Geological Survey has recorded two earthquakes in the North West, with residents of Blackpool, Fleetwood and Barrow saying they felt their homes shaking... The first of the two quakes had a 2.4 magnitude. It was reported at 5.37am at a depth of 3km (1.8 miles), 25km (15 miles) west of Fleetwood. The second one measured magnitude 3.3. It was recorded at 9.58am at a depth of 5km (3 miles).

2013-08-25


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The device is one of the 3D scanners that the British Geological Survey (BGS) has been using since May 2012 to generate digital 3D copies of the thousands of items in the UK's fossil archive, many of them buried in the recesses of museum storage. The e-fossils are now available for the public to view for the first time, via a new web database billed as the world's first 3D virtual fossil collection.

2013-08-23


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The slope of a hill can reveal details about the heaving earth underneath, researchers say. These findings also suggest hills might one day even have the chance to reveal details about distant alien worlds, scientists added. The concept of linking the shape of hills to any tectonic activity reshaping the landscape has been around for at least a couple of decades, explained researcher Martin Hurst, a geomorphologist at the British Geological Survey.

2013-08-23


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DINOSAUR Isle's collection of Isle of Wight fossils will soon be displayed online in all their 3D glory, to be viewed by a global audience. Scientists from the British Geological Survey (BGS) visited the Sandown museum earlier this year — as reported at the time — to scan 30 different types of fossil, among those housed at Dinosaur Isle, with 3D cameras.

2013-08-22


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The British Geological Survey (BGS) is today launching the world’s first 3D virtual fossil collection to the public. Thousands of 3D digital fossil models, plus several thousand quality images, many in 3D, can now be browsed and downloaded for free on a computer, tablet or phone. The GB3D Type Fossils Online project, funded by Jisc, has rescued fossils from dusty drawers and made them available for academics, researchers and fossil enthusiasts to enjoy at their leisure.

2013-08-22


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Searching for the missing women of geology, Suzanne Pilaar Birch asks if this could be the only existing photograph of renowned palaeontologist and geologist Mary Anning... We know that Henry de la Beche, president of the British Geological Survey and a close friend of Anning, had corresponded with Talbot in February of that year, requesting him to take geological photographs.

2013-08-21


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The East Midlands has some of the biggest deposits in Britain, according to the Nottinghamshire based British Geological Survey. It has prompted Nottinghamshire council to provide its own guide to fracking...

2013-08-20


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TWO Notts scientists are hoping to uncover more about the life of King Richard III – after analysing his bones and teeth. Experts at the British Geological Survey have spent the past five months testing samples of the former king's skeleton, discovered beneath a car park in Leicester... Professor Jane Evans, head of science-based archaeology at the British Geological Survey, in Keyworth, has been working with research scientist Dr Angela Lamb on the project.

2013-08-14


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The geological foundations of the South West are being mapped in the first aerial survey in the region for about 50 years. Low-flying aircraft are taking images of Cornwall, Devon and parts of Somerset. Dr Andy Howard, of the British Geological Survey, said the results could have an impact on everything from the local economy to health policy.

2013-08-09


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The number of faults in the rocks beneath London has been substantially underestimated, according to new research. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, says there are numerous and widespread displacements along cracks in the rocks under London's feet, but these have largely been missed on geological maps. The paper's author, Dr Don Aldiss of NERC's British Geological Survey...

2013-07-26


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Following the recognition of 'space weather' as a major risk to UK national security, the Met Office is using big data to predict solar events. Solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs) will now form part of the Met Office's forecasting, as the result of a joint project between UK and US weather and science agencies. Data collected by the Met Office, the British Geological Survey, NASA and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)...

2013-07-23


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The government has outlined plans to give tax breaks to companies involved in the UK's nascent shale gas industry. It has proposed cutting the tax on some of the income generated from producing shale gas - found in underground shale rock formations - from 62% to just 30%... A recent report from the British Geological Survey estimated there may be 1,300 trillion cubic feet present in the north of England alone - much of it in the Bowland Basin under Lancashire.

2013-07-19


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If there was an earthquake off the coast of Portugal it could send a three-metre-high tsunami hurtling at high speed towards the coast around Plymouth, an emergency planning conference has heard... In the event of an earthquake in the Atlantic, we would currently rely on the British Geological Survey to register the quake and the arrival of a wave at nearby Portugal.

2013-07-18


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Members of the public have helped scientists study Icelandic volcano eruptions, by gathering ash samples for analysis... Hundreds of people, including groups of schoolchildren, collected grains by wrapping sticky tape around books and leaving them outdoors. This tape was then stuck on to white paper and posted to scientists at the British Geological Survey, and the samples were tested for ash at the University of Edinburgh.

2013-07-18


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Keynetix launched their latest build of HoleBASE SI Professional at Geotechnica 2013 and this release includes technology to enable geotechnical engineers to instantly preview their site investigation data alongside BGS data and aerial photography coverage... The BGS OpenGeoscience mapping sets, including the 1:500,000 Bedrock and Superficial Deposits are now available to turn on in the background of the HoleBASE SI project mapping window...

2013-07-17

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