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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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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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