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Seismic trace
Six Italian seismologists, and a local civil protection official, have been sentenced to six years in prison for manslaughter... But the statistical forecasts are vague, and can span decades, says Roger Musson of the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh, UK. A truly useful prediction would be something like: 'Next week, there will be an earthquake in Geneva of a magnitude greater than 6.5.'

2012-11-05


Rock specimen of shale (P521463)
Although only about ten per cent of the gas is in unpopulated areas suitable for extraction, it would still be worth £150 billion... The level of untapped shale gas will be confirmed next month in a study by the British Geological Survey... Ministers are then likely to give the go-ahead for drilling, hoping the enormous economic benefits can win over environmental concerns.

2012-11-05


Rock specimen of shale (P521463)
Written evidence submitted by the British Geological Survey (ISG 17)... Estimates for the amount of shale gas are variable both for parts of Britain and for Britain as a whole. Estimates for other parts of the world also vary. This reflects the difficulties of precise resource or reserve estimation in the early days of shale gas exploration and production.

2012-11-05


Quarry
You don't have to go all the way to Italy to find stunning stone to use in your house - British limestone is undergoing a renaissance of its own... It wasn't that British stones couldn't do the job, but that they had been 'lost'. After he was encouraged by Graham Lott of the British Geological Survey to read his article The Shining Stone of Britain, in 2010, Britannicus Stone was born.

2012-11-05


BGS staff member Michael Stephenson
Mike Stephenson, British Geological Survey...In a now famous article in the journal Science, Pacala and Socolow introduced the scientific world to the concept of 'stabilization wedges'. These are units by which we could measure the amount of effort we'll need to tackle global warming - while still keeping the lights on. Several of these wedges are needed to get from the ruinous 'business as usual' high-CO2 emissions scenario to one where we might reduce global warming to a manageable level.

2012-11-05


Oil rig
Although only about ten per cent of the gas is in unpopulated areas suitable for extraction, it would still be worth £150 billion... The level of untapped shale gas will be confirmed next month in a study by the British Geological Survey... Ministers are then likely to give the go-ahead for drilling, hoping the enormous economic benefits can win over environmental concerns.

2012-11-04


Extract from Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai 1833
As part of a BGS team she visited the Japanese tsunami area in June 2011, three months after the impact, and again in February 2012, to conduct surveys using satellite data, on-site digital mapping and GPS. Although scientists can determine where tsunamis are likely to take place, the challenge is in knowing when. Factors such as submarine landslides and meteorite impacts are impossible to predict.

2012-10-23


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Police in Devon and Cornwall were inundated with calls reporting an earth tremor yesterday evening after a loud bang shook the region... The British Geological Survey could find no evidence of an earth tremor and suggested that the massive bang was in fact caused by the sonic boom from a meteor.

2012-10-19


Water overflow due to flooding
First faced with a severe drought, then lashed by continuous heavy rain, Britain has been hit by extremely bizarre weather this summer. Now experts have confirmed that this year's strange conditions really are the most unusual since records began... CEH develops flood estimation and forecasting tools and operates the National Hydrological Monitoring Programme with the British Geological Survey.

2012-10-19


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Centre with 28 permanent staff will help rescue British citizens trapped abroad by political upheavals or natural disasters... A feed of information comes in from government agencies such as the British Geological Survey, for information on earthquakes and tsunamis, and the Health Protection Agency, for information on any emerging pandemics, for example.

2012-10-18


BGS staff member Roger Musson
Roger Musson is a leading seismologist with the British Geological Survey and author of the book The Million Death Quake: The Science of Predicting Earth's Deadliest Natural Disaster, out this week. He tells PM what seismologists still don't know, why we should be wary of 'rogue quakes', and just how worried northern Californians should be.

2012-10-17


Rock specimen of shale (P521463)
Britain expects to issue a new estimate of its shale gas reserves in the Bowland formation in the north before end-2012, followed by a more comprehensive figure for the whole of the country in 2013, the energy ministry said on Monday... The department has commissioned the British Geological Survey (BGS) to quantify domestic shale reserves.

2012-10-16


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University of Leicester Researcher co-writes informative geological book suitable for the professional geologist, or the curious hiker. Dr Annette McGrath, IODP Research Associate in the Department of Geology at the University of Leicester has co-authored the book, Exploring the landscape of the National Forest, that has been recently published by the British Geological Survey (BGS).

2012-10-15


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The new British Geological Survey (BGS) Risk List 2012 ranks the threat to the global supply of the metals and other elements which are vital to our modern economy. The list highlights high-technology, 'critical' metals such as rare earths, tungsten and antimony where production and resources are concentrated in a few countries and so are at greater risk of supply disruption.

2012-10-12


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BGS International, whose scientists tell countries where their mineral wealth lies, has been given money by a venture capital fund to help it grow. The company is based at Keyworth and is a spin-out from the British Geological Survey. It employs geo-scientists - experts who carry out surveys which help countries like Tanzania, Sudan, Cameroon and Afghanistan understand where their minerals lie and how they might be exploited.

2012-10-11


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MARINE biologists and geologists have unveiled the first-ever set of maps detailing where vulnerable deep-sea habitats are likely to be found in the North East Atlantic... The team from Plymouth University, the Marine Biological Association, and the British Geological Survey, have used complex modelling techniques to chart a surface zone more than three times the size of the UK's land surface area.

2012-10-11


False colour image of the sun. Courtesty of SOHO (NASA/ESA)
Beautiful display of aurora borealis could be enjoyed in the Lakes after strong solar activity reached earth's atmosphere... The British Geological Survey (BGS) said the display lasted from 9pm to 4am and was the best they had seen in Britain all year... 'It took us by surprise how long the display lasted and just how clear it was,' said Sarah Reay, an expert in geomagnetism from the BGS based in Edinburgh.

2012-10-09


BGS seismologist
The Middle East may not possess the same reputation for seismic disasters as some other parts of the world, but that is of little comfort to the people of north-west Iran, over 300 of whom were killed... Marco's theory may be compelling, but other experts advise caution. Dr Roger Musson, head of seismic hazard and archives at the British Geological Survey, says that while the view from Tel Aviv carries weight, in many seismological circles other theories demand equal billing.

2012-10-08


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The discovery by NASA rover Curiosity of evidence that water once flowed on Mars - the most Earth-like planet in the solar system - should intensify interest in what the future could hold for mankind... Ciaran Beggan, a geomagnetic specialist at the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh, said studies have also refined our understanding of how the field reverses... They have focused on lava flows. When these cool and form crystals the atoms in iron-rich molten rock align...

2012-10-04


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A fossil which has lain in a museum drawer for over a century has been recognised by a University of Leicester geologist as a unique clue to the long-lost skills of some of the most sophisticated animal architects that have ever lived on this planet... Dr Mike Howe, manager of the British Geological Survey's fossil collections and a co-author of the study, commented 'This shows that museum collections are a treasure trove, where fossils collected long ago can drive new science.'

2012-10-02

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