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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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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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