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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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Colourful images of England's largest natural lake have been produced by geologists. They show Windermere's lake bed as part of a study into how it was first carved out and how it has been affected by more recent events such as flooding. The PhD is being funded by the British Geological Survey (BGS) together with Southampton University and the Environment Agency.

2013-07-15


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Few of us will forget last summer: it rained and rained and rained. Met Office statistics showed that 2012 was the second wettest year in the UK since records began in 1910. And with that rain came landslides... Analysis of the statistics, carried out by the British Geological Survey (BGS), has shown that it isn't that simple. As expected, the scientists found that many more landslides occurred soon after the wettest months, with four times as many landslides in July and December 2012...

2013-07-15


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To implement carbon capture and storage (CCS) successfully, each underground repository will need careful appraisal based on its unique history and setting, according to a new study co-authored by researchers from the University of Bristol... In a paper published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr James Verdon and colleagues from Bristol, the Geological Survey of Canada, the British Geological Survey...

2013-07-08


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Tools on the ground are helping scientists learn more about the threat solar eruptions on the sun pose to life as we know it on Earth. Experts with the British Geological Survey (BGS) have started collecting data from three research sites in the U.K. to determine the effects of massive solar storms on the Earth's electric power grids.

2013-07-03


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UK shale gas resources may be far greater than previously thought, a report for the government says. The British Geological Survey estimates there may be 1300 trillion cubic feet of shale gas present in the north of England - double previous estimates

2013-06-28


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UK shale gas resources may be far greater than previously thought with substantial reserves beneath Lancashire and Yorkshire, a report by the British Geological Survey has found...

2013-06-27


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The Government has today announced findings from the first independent study conducted by the British Geological Survey, of the potential volume of shale gas in the Bowland Basin and beyond, which covers 11 counties in the North of England.

2013-06-27


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The largest funding award went to Imperial College London, which is collaborating with Heriot-Watt University, Cardiff University, the University of Leeds and NERC British Geological Survey.

2013-06-12


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Designs for quarries are as varied as the number of locations where quarrying takes place. According to the British Geological Survey (BGS) via the Explore Quarry Restoration (EQR) some basic principles apply to all quarries ...

2013-06-12


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A new estimate suggests the world could have significant unconventional oil and gas resources - but does that really translate into a bonanza for the UK? The UK's geology adds to the difficulty.

2013-06-11


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DINOSAURS, tsunamis and space were among subjects brought to life at the British Geological Survey's first open day in 25 years. Around 3,000 visitors attended Saturday's event which aimed to give children and adults an insight into geology.

2013-06-10


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New research aims to speed up the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) by studying how carbon dioxide could be stored underground... The NERC British Geological Survey will lead a £894,000 project to develop non-invasive methods to monitor ...

2013-06-10

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