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...Iran earthquake.. The most powerful earthquake in Iran for half a century happened this week. More than 60 times the energy was released compared to the one nearby ten years ago which destroyed much of the city of Bam, killing 26,000 people. Yet so far the death toll from Tuesday's earthquake is considerably lower. To explain this and more Dr Roger Musson from the British Geological Survey joins Quentin Cooper.

2013-04-24


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A new type of sound sensor system has been developed to predict the likelihood of a landslide... The technique has been developed by researchers at Loughborough University, in collaboration with the British Geological Survey, through two projects funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

2013-04-23


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Salt plays a greater role in undermining chalk cliffs than previously thought, say scientists... Lawrence and a team of researchers from the University of Brighton and the British Geological Survey tested samples of chalk from cliffs in the UK and France. They then compared them with chalk from an inland quarry which had had no exposure to salt.

2013-04-19


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A magnitude 7.8 earthquake has rocked Iran, a week after another major quake struck the country. New Scientist assesses the risks... 'The earthquake was probably a result of normal faulting within the Arabian plate as it is subducted under the Eurasian plate along the Makran coast of Iran and Pakistan,' says Brian Baptie of the British Geological Survey.

2013-04-17


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A magnitude 7.8 earthquake strikes Iran and is felt across the Middle East, with at least 45 people reported to have been killed... Dr Brian Baptie, head of earthquake seismology at the British Geological Survey, said: "This earthquake occurred in the great belt of earthquakes that stretches through the Middle East into central Asia that results from the collision of the northwards-moving Arabian and Indian tectonic plates with Eurasian tectonic plate to the north.

2013-04-16


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Work to drill a 500m deep borehole to provide detailed information about the evolution of tetrapods has started in Berwick upon Tweed this week, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has announced... The TW:eed project is being undertaken by the universities of Cambridge, Southampton and Leicester, the National Museums of Scotland and the BGS and is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council.

2013-04-12


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Geophysicists have disproved a long-held belief that changes in solar activity can be linked to increased earthquake activity... The pair used data from the British Geological Survey, USGS, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to count the number of earthquakes per day, month and year. They then ranked these counts depending on how much solar-terrestrial activity had occurred at the same time.

2013-04-11


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For what is thought to the first time ever, the heads of the five British Mapping and Charting agencies will come together to discuss the future of mapping in front of an audience of cartographic professionals and enthusiasts... and Professor John Ludden, Executive Director of the British Geological Survey for a session titled 'The Future for the UK World Leaders in Mapping'.

2013-04-10


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THE secret to life on Earth might just lie beneath the Scottish Borders...Scientists will this week start digging up farmland near Berwick-upon-Tweed in a bid to find the 'missing link' in the evolutionary process between fish and human beings...A 500-metre borehole will be drilled in the countryside that the scientists, including those from the Edinburgh-based British Geological Survey (BGS) and the National Museums of Scotland...

2013-04-07


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This is a scene that may be repeated, according to geologists... The photo of a cliff slide below Western Esplanade was taken in 1962 and shared with members of the Herne Bay Past Facebook page by Mandy Boxall... Luckily no-one was hurt, but across the country landslides are becoming more and more common, according to the British Geological Survey.

2013-04-05


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Months of heavy rain has caused record numbers of potentially-fatal landslides on Britain’s cliffs and hillsides... Geologists said almost three times the average number of rockfalls and landslips have been reported in the past 12 months... Figures released by the British Geological Survey show that 165 landslides were reported last year, almost treble the usual rate.

2013-04-01


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On February 4th 2013, the University of Leicester announced that the human remains uncovered beneath a Leicester car park in August last year are 'beyond reasonable doubt' those of King Richard III... Here at the NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory, part of the British Geological Survey, we can measure tiny differences in the composition of elements such as oxygen, carbon, nitrogen and strontium.

2013-03-28


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When asked for early geologists, all of us can rattle off names. Some of us may remember Nicolas Steno, the father of stratigraphy. We certainly mention James Hutton (father of deep time) and Charles Lyell (father of modern geology)... Geology has many fathers, and we know them well. But few of us can name its mothers... only succeed in the geosciences if they remained unmarried and childless (and some organizations, like the British Geological Survey, made that a formal requirement).

2013-03-27


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High winds, freezing temperatures and wild fires affected parts of the Highlands at the weekend... As well as the weather conditions, a small earthquake of a 2.0 magnitude was recorded at Loch Maree in Wester Ross on Sunday... The British Geological Survey said the quake was felt by residents in Gairloch.

2013-03-25


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Despite the bad weather, our staff have made it into BGS at Keyworth to help you have some fun and learn a thing or two about the Earth and the rocks that sit upon it... Travel conditions are difficult, so please heed the travel warnings given in the media for your area...

2013-03-23


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Four hundred guests descended on the Hilton Birmingham Metropole last night (March 21st) for the 2013 Water Industry Achievement Awards, organised by WET News and Water & Wastewater Treatment... Sustainable Drainage & Flood Management Initiative of the Year WINNER: British Geological Survey.

2013-03-22


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Streaks of crimson lava soar hundreds of feet into the air as an erupting volcano puts on the most spectacular of light shows... But when lightning follows, it is a different type from that seen in thunderstorms. Dr Sue Loughlin, head of volcanology at British Geological Survey, explained volcanic lightning is still a natural mystery. 'Lightning typically forms as ash particles are charged through friction during eruption and dispersion in the atmosphere,' she said.

2013-03-19


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Projects will focus on healthcare, water supplies, sustainability and other pressing issues... Professor Chris Rogers, University of Birmingham, £5.9 million. Assessing the underworld – an integrated model of city infrastructures. This project will involve academics from the universities of Bath, Leeds, Sheffield, Southampton and Newcastle and from the British Geological Survey.

2013-03-13


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For centuries scientists and historians have argued over the meaning and purpose of Stonehenge...The research team included Dr Josh Pollard (University of Southampton), Professor Colin Richards (University of Manchester, Professor Julian Thomas (University of Manchester) , Dr Kate Welham (University of Bournemouth), Umberto Albarella (University of Sheffield), Professor Jane Evans (British Geological Survey),

2013-03-10


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The BGS will be holding an event for children with the help of Rockwatch, the club for young fans of fossils, rocks and dinosaurs, and other special guests for hands-on science! Join in a fascinating range of activities and 'behind the scenes' tours. Try your luck at gold panning...Generate an earthquake...Make your own fossil replicas... Touch a mammoth or a dinosaur bone...Discover the amazing mineral treasures of the Earth...

2013-03-10

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