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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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Exploration of three sea lochs on the west coast of Scotland has begun to find out more about some of the country's most important marine wildlife. A team from the British Geological Survey (BGS) is being funded by Marine Scotland to survey Lochs Duich, Long and Alsh, using cutting-edge survey techniques to create a 3D image of the seabed.

2013-03-07


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... But why do these sinkholes occur and how widespread are they?... 'Once those caves start to collapse, the materials above will simply funnel in,' says Dr Anthony Cooper, a principal geologist at the British Geological Survey, which maps the country for rock types susceptible to sinkholes and carries out surveys for developers, builders and individuals worried about the prospects of the land caving in beneath them.

2013-03-04


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A Florida man whose bedroom was engulfed by a sinkhole as he slept is presumed dead. How - and where - do sinkholes open up? Sinkholes, or dolines, often take thousands of years to form and vary hugely in size... 'It can be very difficult to predict collapse because there is very little surface evidence of the features,' says Dr Vanessa Banks, an expert in shallow geohazards and risk at the British Geological Survey.

2013-03-04


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Have you ever looked around you at the rocks, the hills and the almost sculpted geological formations like Salisbury Crags and wondered where they came from? But one of their other, really important achievements was the series of beautiful, colourful, detailed maps they produced... When the British Geological Survey re-mapped the area about five years ago using modern technology, they found that Peach and Horne’s measurements were out only by a couple of metres.

2013-02-28


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An investigation by the Environment Agency will measure how much of a nutrient which causes excessive weed growth is present in the River Nene... The Environment Agency is working with the British Geological Survey to evaluate levels of phosphate in the Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire river... Starting today (Tuesday 26 February), silt samples will be taken from a 60-mile stretch of the river between Badby and Peterborough and then examined.

2013-02-28


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The British Geological Survey (BGS) model reveals a section of what is known as the Assynt Culmination in the Moine Thrust Belt. It was formed when two ancient continents collided about 430 million years ago. BGS has made the model available on its website and said it hoped it would aid understanding of the geology...'BGS have now created a 3D interactive model of the northern part of the Assynt Culmination in the thrust belt.'

2013-02-28


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The British Geological Survey’s (BGS) new home for 500km of drill cores, cuttings from 23,000 boreholes, 3 m fossils and 500,000 books was officially opened yesterday by minister for science and universities David Willetts... BGS executive director professor John Ludden said: 'The National Geological Repository houses some of the most economically important archives that underpin the future energy supply for Britain...'

2013-02-28


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Oilfield use means barites is biggest mover; fluorspar, graphite move up... Rare earths are now deemed the industrial minerals most at risk of supply shortage by the British Geological Survey (BGS), according to its latest Risk List... Rare earths now stand at the top of the list, which highlights economically important elements that are at risk of supply disruption.

2013-02-27


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ETI launches project with Foster Wheeler and BGS to assess flexible power generation systems. The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has launched a project to increase the understanding of the economics and potential use of energy systems involving low carbon hydrogen production, storage and flexible turbine technology. The £300,000 project will be led by global engineering and construction company Foster Wheeler, in collaboration with the British Geological Survey.

2013-02-22


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Ensuring resilience to civil emergencies and natural hazards is an important issue, particularly in light of recent flooding and extreme weather in parts of the UK... Working with partners on the Natural Hazard Partnership to utilise and combine knowledge and expertise from organisations such as the British Geological Survey and National Oceanographic Centre.

2013-02-21


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One of Nottinghamshire's fastest-growing renewable energy companies believes it can turn water in flooded coal mines into a new form of heating for buildings... 'Recent work by the British Geological Survey suggests this area of workings may typically deliver 600 GWh per year of renewable heat resource.'

2013-02-20


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A Canadian company has begun exploring an oil field between Bishop Burton and Walkington, just north of Hull. Rathlin Energy previously carried out studies in the region looking for gas and oil. Dr Nick Riley, team leader of Unconventional Gas at the British Geological Survey, told BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast about oil exploration in the North of England.

2013-02-15


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The spring 2011 flood on the Mississippi was among the largest floods ever, the river swelling over its banks and wreaking destruction in the surrounding areas. But a University of Pennsylvania-led study also shows that the floods reaped environmental benefits... The Penn geologists partnered on the research with Karen McKee of the U.S. Geological Survey, Mihaela Enache of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and Christopher Vane of the British Geological Survey.

2013-02-14


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Scientists identify aromatic rice with very low arsenic content and higher concentrations of essential nutrients, selenium and zinc... In this latest work, published in Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging, the De Montfort University team – along with Dr Michael Watts from the British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham, UK – has identified varieties that are low in arsenic but high in essential trace elements such as selenium and zinc.

2013-02-13


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Researchers are launching a project which aims to use water from abandoned coal mines to provide up to 40% of Glasgow's heat. The British Geological Survey has offered access to its data for the project, including a 3D model of the city... The British Geological Survey has offered access to its data for the project, including a 3D model of the city, while the work will be done by PHD student Emma Church, part-funded by Scottish Power.

2013-02-13


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Dozens of people have reported a minor earthquake in north west Wales. The British Geological Survey (BGS) confirmed a 2.3 magnitude earthquake around Caernarfon at 22.41 GMT on Thursday. It was also felt in Anglesey, Porthmadog and Bangor, and reports said it caused houses to shake and was 'like a lorry crashing into the house'. Davie Galloway, a seismologist with the British Geological Survey, said north Wales was one of the most seismic areas in the UK.

2013-02-08


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A third earthquake in three weeks has hit Loughborough. The 2.4 magnitude tremor occurred at 10.50am today but is likely have gone unnoticed by most of the town's population... David Galloway of the British Geological Survey said: 'Today's were both small ones and these sorts of quakes happen about 150 to 200 times a year around the UK.'

2013-02-04


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BBC Material World... Dr. Richard Shaw, the leader of the Radioactive Waste Management Programme at the British Geological Survey, explains what will happen now with Britain's radioactive waste.

2013-02-01


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Abandoned coal mines could be used to provide low carbon heat and green energy... Researchers in the UK are looking at ways to use water which has flooded the huge underground caverns left by mining works... 'Recent work by British Geological survey suggests this area of workings may typically deliver 600 GWh per year of renewable heat resource.' That's the equivalent of heating around 45,000 homes.

2013-02-01

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