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Britain has a 'massive opportunity' to satisfy our growing energy demands cheaply if the Government gets behind controversial shale gas, claims the Institute of Directors... Britain's shale gas reserves were estimated at 5.3 trillion cubic feet in 2010 by the British Geological Survey.

2012-09-21


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Humans are altering the face of the world, no doubt. But the world has had many faces over its eons. And so the question is set: Is humanity's touch mere makeup, or does it cut to the bone of deep time, in a pattern consistent with geology's demands?... Notoriously, the field wrangled for 60 years over the Quaternary, the geological period that enwraps the Holocene... said Michael Ellis, head of climate change science at the British Geological Survey.

2012-09-18


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Come and find out about how Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) works at the BGS Open Day at Murchison House, Edinburgh... Meet with staff and researchers from Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage and learn more about the potential for this carbon abatement technology and the latest research. SCCS will be demonstrating their interactive model showing how CCS works from capture through to storage. http://www.sccs.org.uk

2012-09-17


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Malta has been drilling for oil in the dark, a top geologist said yesterday, suggesting a comprehensive geological survey is required to increase chances of success... This failure to strike black gold was largely down to 'huge gaps' in geological data, Dr Gatt argued yesterday, with Malta 'light years' behind countries such as the UK, with its 177-year-old British Geological Survey.

2012-09-17


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George Innes Lumsden, the former director of the British Geological Survey, who has died after a long illness... Throughout his geological career Innes was an innovator. He had a fundamental belief in the need for a national geological survey as a basic requirement for growth and development. This often brought him into conflict with his political masters but his legacy is that the British Geological Survey, the oldest in the world, has survived for 177 years...

2012-09-14


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Hydraulic fracturing or 'fracking' has had a bad press in the US; the chief worries there and elsewhere are methane contamination of groundwater, and earthquakes. The film 'Gasland' illustrated gas being ignited in someone's kitchen sink. Some of the worries are no doubt justified: badly managed hydraulic fracturing and well design have recently been shown by the US Environmental Protection Agency to have contaminated water wells in Wyoming1... Prof. Mike Stephenson, British Geological Survey.

2012-09-13


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In the last decade, improved extraction techniques have made it more practicable and less costly to extract gas from shale deposits... The Chatham House report says that US shale gas operations have been 'remarkably' free of the regulations that would apply in the UK. Professor Michael Stephenson of the British Geological Survey (BGS) believes that the problem lies in poor well design and construction, both of which are tightly regulated by the UK Health and Safety Executive.

2012-09-11


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The International Association of Hydrogeologists Congress (IAH) at Niagara Falls, is the venue for the unveiling of a critical new function within GeoVisionary... 'We'll be showing GeoVisionary 4D for the first time', said Andy O'Keeffe, Virtalis' GeoVisionary Product Manager. 'What's the Fourth Dimension? Well, it is time. We'll be using British Geological Survey (BGS) hydrology datasets to demonstrate how they have altered over time.

2012-09-11


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Homes and offices in Glasgow could be warmed by water pumped from far underground after geologists surveyed a vast network of old mine shafts beneath the Scottish city. The British Geological Survey (BGS) mapped the mine workings to help developers identify pools of warm, subterranean water that could be used as a source of heat for homes and businesses.

2012-09-07


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The Sun may not seem like an obvious threat to us, but explosions on its surface can trigger the natural phenomenon of space weather - and the impacts here on Earth are being taken seriously by governments... 'The solar sunspot activity cycle poses a threat to technologies that we rely on, including electricity infrastructure, satellites and communications,' said Dr Alan Thompson, head of the geomagnetism team at the British Geological Survey.

2012-09-06


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The British Geological Survey (BGS) is to use a state of the art laser scanner to map volcanoes, glaciers and other natural phenomena... The BGS has been using terrestrial laser scanning for a variety of geoscientific applications for more than a decade and the technology has become an established part of their research capability.

2012-09-04


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It's that time of year again! We're off to the British Science Festival this week, and whether you can join us in Aberdeen or not, here's where you'll find all the geology news and updates... Thursday: 11.15 - 12.45 The heat beneath our feet Regent building, Regent lecture theatre, University of Aberdeen. Organised by the British Geological Survey, with a chance to visit a 3D visualisation suite

2012-09-04


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For the first time Scotland will host the annual conference of the International Appalachian Trail. Inverness has been suggested as the venue for the event next year... IAT Scotland's volunteers include geologists at the British Geological Survey...Earlier this month, the IAT was included on a US travel magazine's list of the world's best hikes.

2012-09-03


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Local geology gives historic towns and buildings their unique character, but just as buildings fall into disrepair many local quarries have been lost too. English Heritage and the British Geological Survey teamed up to help protect this overlooked resource.

2012-08-30


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The Geological Survey of India (GSI) and the British Geological Survey (BGS) have entered into collaboration contract under which BGS would conduct a major airborne geophysical survey over land and sea.

2012-08-29


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Results published this week by a team of polar scientists from Britain, Australia and France adds a new dimension to our understanding of Antarctic Peninsula climate change and the likely causes of the break-up of its ice shelves.

2012-08-24


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A new book launched by the National Forest Company and the British Geological Survey illustrates through walks and a simple geological map how everything about The National Forest stems from the underlying rocks... Keith Ambrose, Principal Geologist at the British Geological Survey and project leader for the book said: 'We put together a good team of experts on the local geology to work on this.'

2012-08-22


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STAFF at the British Geological Survey in Keyworth, who raised more than £2000 for a homelessness charity through office cake sales, are now launching their own recipe book...Scientists and support staff raised the cash for Framework after becoming concerned by the number of people sleeping rough in the Nottingham area...They now hope to raise even more by launching their new recipe book today.

2012-08-14


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A 3D model of a Scottish city's geology could help planners to make decisions on how it grows in the future. British Geological Survey (BGS) is creating the computer generated image of rocks and soils beneath Inverness. A similar project that examined the ground around Forres in Moray influenced the planning of flood alleviation schemes, BGS said.

2012-08-13


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Search crews have discovered the body of a 22-year-old Derbyshire woman following a landslide in Dorset. The incident, which took place at the Freshwater Beach holiday park in Dorset, has been described by police as a 'tragic accident'...A report from the British Geological Survey has shown that the landslide that killed Charlotte Blackman from Heanor in Derbyshire was caused by a number of factors, including the recent wet weather.

2012-07-30

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