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The largest earthquake to hit the UK for a decade has struck in Wales and been felt as far away as Birmingham, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has confirmed. The BGS said earthquakes of this magnitude occur in the UK around once every two to three years.

2018-02-17


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Climate change is real. Demand for energy is relentless. Never has it been more important to find new clean, secure and affordable ways of powering our future. The £31m UK Geoenergy Observatories is such an investment. It will create two research sites in Cheshire and in Glasgow that will advance understanding across geological disciplines and provide real environments for studying potential energy technologies.

2018-02-11


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Scientists understand that Earth’s magnetic field has flipped its polarity many times over the millennia. Many disaster scenarios associated with geomagnetic pole reversals in popular imagination are pure fantasy. When the last pole switch happened, “no worldwide shifting of continents or other planet-wide disasters occurred, as geoscientists can testify to from fossil and other records,” said Alan Thompson, head of geomagnetism at the British Geological Survey.

2018-02-06


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Research into extracting the lithium from brine in the tin mines has been given £850,000 worth of funding. The new project will use satellites to analyse images geology and vegetation, picking out the best places for further exploration – and cutting down on costs. British mining company Cornish Lithium is taking part in the project with the state-backed Satellite Applications Catapult, along with the British Geological Survey, the Camborne School of Mines and North Coast Consulting.

2018-01-25


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Seismologists expect big earthquakes to hit Japan and California but are not able to say when it will happen. David Galloway, a seismologist at the British Geological Survey, studies earthquakes all over the globe. He told Mirror Online that it is only a matter of time before a big one strikes again. "We expect a big one to happen in Japan and another one in California. Stress has been building up over the years," he explained.

2018-01-24


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A 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck around 160 miles (250 km) southeast of Chiniak, Alaska, at a depth of 25 km, at 9.31am GMT (12.31am local time) on Tuesday. Davie Galloway, a seismologist for the British Geological Survey (BGS), told Express.co.uk that following the most powerful quake near Alaska, there will be a stream of aftershocks that could have a similar impact.

2018-01-23


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A Canary Islands volcano threatens to send a mountain cascading into the sea and triggering a monster tsunami. Professor David Tappin, a tsunami specialist at the British Geological Survey, told the Sun Online: "The UK has been impacted by tsunamis in the past. Their major hazard is that they can be generated at one location and then they can travel long distances across the ocean and still be dangerous."

2018-01-23


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A £6.5m grant has been awarded to pump naturally-heated water from an old coal mine and use it to heat 150 homes. A feasibility study is ongoing until the end of February and the British Geological Survey has tested the temperature, chemistry and volume of water available. The scheme could eventually heat 1,000 homes and help cut energy bills in Wales' fifth most deprived ward.

2018-01-19


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Study links heavy metal enrichment to destruction of housing in 1940s. Researchers from the British Geological Survey found that anomalous high calcium, lead and zinc levels in some parts of London were caused by the distribution of building dust and debris following the large-scale destruction of historic housing stock. These elements were widely used in paints, piping and mortar during the construction boom of the 19th century.

2018-01-15


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The IIT Kharagpur has joined with three Ivy League universities for water urbanism project at Varanasi. Water urbanism is a geo-hydrological exploratory study of Varanasi, where river Ganga is integrated with the past and present of the ancient city and key to the growth of the city. A frontline team of the British Geological Survey are expected to join with Dr Martin Smith of BGS and Professor Abhijeet Mukherjee of IIT Kharagpur providing the geo hydrological insights to the exploration.

2018-01-03


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As part of its 70th celebrations, the Geological Survey Northern Ireland is holding a symposium in W5, Belfast, to showcase its achievements over the decades and its commitment to public service.

2017-12-30


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A sinkhole in a Devon town centre has tripled in size leaving a main road closed. According to the British Geological Survey: “There are several different types of sinkhole — sometimes called dolines.

2017-12-24


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A research project to develop landslip hazard assessments and early warning systems is to be undertaken in the Nilgiris as well as in Darjeeling-East Sikkim districts in the Eastern Himalayas. The British Geological Survey revealed that “physical scientists, engineers and social scientists” from nine organisations in the United Kingdom, Italy and India would be collaborating to improve the assessment of landslip hazards and early warning systems.

2017-12-20


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A ghost ship set adrift by the 2011 Japanese tsunami has washed ashore in the US. The unidentified fishing vessel, which is marked with Japanese lettering, was found within the Arcadia Beach State Recreation Site in Oregon. Professor David Tappin of the British Geological Survey – who was one of the first foreigners to assess the damage to Japan back in 2011 – describes the ship's journey.

2017-12-20


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Dr Holly Miller from the University of Nottingham and the British Geological Survey was involved in the detailed macroscopic and chemical analysis of the teeth, bones and tail hair, which reveal the stresses and strains of captive life and provide insights into how Jumbo might have died. She performed the laboratory work with Dr Angela Lamb from the British Geological Survey as part of CEG, and spent a day filming with Sir David Attenborough in Keyworth.

2017-12-07


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As tremors continue in the Aegean, the British Geological Survey’s Debbie Rayner recounts her experience of a magnitude 6.6 earthquake which struck during a family holiday on Kos earlier this year…

2017-11-28


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The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, receiving some legacy geological records at the British Geological Survey in Keyworth, Nottingham, UK on Tuesday.

2017-11-28


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The Mahavir Cancer Sansthan & Research Centre has bagged an international project on arsenic remediation. The hospital would be part of an international project on remediation of groundwater arsenic in Ganga river basin, which would be jointly funded by the Natural Environment Research Council,(one of the leading funds provider for independent research on environmental issues) and Union ministry of science and technology.

2017-11-24


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Researchers studying a rapid global warming event 56 million years ago have shown evidence of major changes in the intensity of rainfall and flood events, indicating likely implications should trends of rising carbon dioxide continue. Professor Melanie Leng of the British Geological Survey is concerned about what this represents for the future, "Global warming causes major changes in patterns and intensity of rainfall. These changes are so large we see evidence of them in the geological record."

2017-11-20


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An earthquake on the Iran-Iraq frontier killed at least 400 and injured more than 4000 in the region. Seismologists say the magnitude-7.3 quake could well be followed by at least one more large shock. “The general rule of thumb is that the final aftershock will be one magnitude less,” says seismologist Roger Musson at the British Geological Survey.

2017-11-13

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