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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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A main road in Northumberland which is closed following a major landslip is likely to remain so into early 2015, council chiefs have warned... Meanwhile, the British Geological Survey has produced a report on the landslip which claims it 'puts additional strains on the communities, in terms of extra travel cost, revenue lost and travel time.'

2013-10-14


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It is usually Nessie who is making shockwaves around Loch Ness, but an earthquake struck the area at the weekend - which was felt over 15 miles away... The British Geological Survey said it was felt by residents over a wide area all along the loch and is the latest in a series of quakes to hit the Highlands recently.

2013-10-06


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Earthquake experts must communicate public risk more effectively to avoid a repetition of the Italian media fiasco that a year ago culminated in jail terms for the academics involved... Roger Musson, from the British Geological Survey, said the key question was what the case would mean for future relations between the scientific community, the public and the state.

2013-10-03


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The term 'carbon capture and storage' seems only to appear when shortly followed by 'not commercially proven' or 'in development'... The UK has a great number of these, Michelle Bentham, senior geoscientist at the British Geological Survey. 'We have lots of suitable formations offshore, and lots of oil and gas fields, in which the gas and oil collects in the same way the CO2 would.'

2013-10-02


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Massive Pakistani earthquake heaves a brand new 18 meter high island above the waves... Richard Luckett a seismologist the British Geological Survey said that these mud volcanoes are relatively common in this area on both land and at sea. ‘They occur where there is a reservoir of loosely compacted sediments buried beneath harder, denser rock and a path is made to the surface,’ he told MailOnline.

2013-09-26


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Dr Brian Baptie from the British Geological Survey says the island that appeared off the coast of Pakistan after the earthquake is a 'mud volcano' formed as gas and water forced its way to the surface... Dr Brian Baptie, Head of Earthquake Seismology at the British Geological Survey said that the island was likely to be a mud volcano, created by the movement of gases locked in the earth under the sea, pushing mud and earth up to the surface.

2013-09-25


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A 40-year quest to map Britain's geochemistry was celebrated on Tuesday. Stream water and sediment samples were taken on the Isle of Wight to analyse the chemical elements that are present. The results will be added to the more than 500,000 other samples gathered from across the UK by the British Geological Survey's G-BASE project.

2013-09-24


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If you’ve ever wanted to wander from John O’Groats to the Cotswolds without leaving your desk, this most wonderful website is for you. Created by the British Geological Survey, the Geology of Britain viewer helps interested parties learn more about the landforms in their backyards. After opening the viewer, visitors can click on an area of interest to look at everything from possible earthquake threats to rock layers to soil composition and more.

2013-09-23


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Afghanistan's plan to develop its estimated $1 trillion worth of mineral resources received a serious blow when China announced its desire to undo a multi-billion dollar agreement to help create a mining industry in the war-torn nation... Afghan Gold deposits (Credit: British Geological Survey)

2013-09-20


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Crown Estate and the British Geological Survey beef up CO2 Stored initiative with new information on CO2 storage capacity... The Crown Estate and the British Geological Survey will today launch a new mapping tool as part of their CO2 Stored website, which was unveiled earlier this summer with the goal of providing CCS developers and researchers with independent and accurate information on the capacity and likely effectiveness of geological storage sites.

2013-09-12


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The British Geological Survey (BGS) has over 16,000 records of landscapes, used to compare variations over time. In one month alone - December 2012 - there were 75 UK landslides, compared with a typical annual average of 60. The link between heavy rainfall in 2012 and landslides in the same period was reported at the British Science Festival in Newcastle.

2013-09-12


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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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