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The western Antarctic Peninsula is one of the fastest warming regions on the planet, and the fastest warming part of the Southern Hemisphere... 'Technologically the analysis of the oxygen isotope composition of diatom silica is extremely difficult, the British Geological Survey is one of a very few research organisations in the world that can undertake this type of analysis.'

2013-01-22


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A 2.9 magnitude earthquake has struck the east Midlands, the British Geological Survey said today. The tremor was reported across Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire. Julian Bukits of the BGS said the earthquake happened at 5.20am and was 'average' for the UK.

2013-01-18


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TWO earthquakes have been felt beneath Notts town Ollerton within the space of two days. A tremor of magnitude 1.4 on the Richter scale was first felt at around 4am on Saturday... Mr Ford, who works at the British Geological Survey's offices in Edinburgh, said: 'In real terms these tremors were extremely small. We get between 20 to 30 earthquakes in the UK every year with a magnitude of 2.'

2013-01-15


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The Met office says changing sea temperatures, melting Arctic ice and rising global temperatures could all be influencing Britain's rainfall patterns. But the experts say more research is needed. David Shukman explains the latest scientific thinking. (Featuring BGS hydrogeologists Daren Gooddy and Andrew McKenzie)

2013-01-07


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An earth tremor measuring 1.3 on the Richter Scale has hit Highbridge. The tremor struck at 2.52am on Sunday morning. Experts believe the 'epicentre' was 7km below the surface to the west of the hamlet of Alstone. The British Geological Survey, which monitors UK earthquakes, said small tremors are not unusual in the area - a quake in December 2006 measured 1.6 on the Richter Scale.

2013-01-02


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A landslide warning has been issued by the Met Office, as continued heavy downpours sparked fears of unstable cliff faces... Boxing Day walkers were urged to take extra care in 'dangerous conditions' with flooding set to worsen across parts of England and Wales today... The Met Office has issued the warning following advice from the British Geological Survey.

2013-01-02


Landslide at Burton Bradstock
The unusual spell of very prolonged and intense rainfall across the UK is continuing, with the Met Office forecasting more to come in the coming days... Yesterday, the BGS and the Met Office took the highly unusual step of issuing a landslide warning for SW England, primarily because conditions are now so saturated that landslides are inevitable.

2013-01-02


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Flood warnings remain in place across England and Wales, amid ongoing weather warnings and icy roads in Scotland... It comes as a West Highland road was closed after a landslide and a rare landslide and rockfall warning was issued for south-west England by the British Geological Survey.

2012-12-31


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The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has announced that it has agreed a licence with The Crown Estate and the British Geological Survey to host and further develop its £3.8m UK CO2 Storage Appraisal project into an online database of mapped UK offshore carbon dioxide storage capacity...

2012-12-15


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SAN FRANCISCO - A freak wave killed seven people in Chicago on a sunny day on the shore of Lake Michigan nearly 60 years ago... At the time, no one knew what set off the monster wave... "A big wave comes in and you're on the beach and maybe you think, 'Hey, a big ocean liner just went by,' said David Tappin, a marine geologist with the British Geological Survey. 'But increasingly, people are looking at historical records...

2012-12-12


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A small earthquake has hit Cumbria, scientists have confirmed. The British Geological Survey (BGS) said the 2.1-magnitude quake struck in Patterdale at 21:37 GMT on Wednesday. Beck Carter, a parish clerk in Rosthwaite, was at a council meeting at the time, when she said a 'sound and vibration passed over very quickly'.

2012-11-29


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The winners of an £20m competition for innovative projects to reduce the cost of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) development were announced today... Cambridge University - working with Shell, Manchester University and the British Geological Survey to develop a new scientific model for CO2 storage using data from Shell's scientific drilling site in Utah [£735,000 grant].

2012-11-21


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Last night the UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir John Beddington, described and supported the important role that geosciences play in the UK economy... Speaking at the British Geological Survey's (BGS) Stakeholder Forum 2012 held at the Geological Society of London, Sir John took the audience through a range of 'risks and opportunities'...

2012-11-21


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Buried about a mile beneath the breath-taking beauty of the North York Moors lies the future of British mining. It isn't gold, coal or copper, but a rather less well-known mineral called polyhalite, or K2Ca2Mg(SO4)4 or 2(H2O) for short'... It was the British Geological Survey that put Fraser in touch with a local geologist who had long believed in the potential of the North York Moors and was happy to spread the word.

2012-11-19


Mine plans from the Esgair-Hir lead and silver mine, Cardiganshire, 1704
A new surveying technique developed at The University of Nottingham is giving geologists their first detailed picture of how ground movement associated with historical mining is changing the face of our landscape... The technique is now being used by the British Geological Survey (BGS), based in Keyworth in Nottinghamshire, which is the world's oldest national geological survey providing expert services and impartial advice on all areas of geosciences for both the public and private sectors.

2012-11-19


Seismic trace
... its author is the head of seismic hazard for the British Geological Survey and writes with authority; he has spent most of his career explaining earthquakes to journalists and broadcasters; and, above all, it could help save lives... You will know seismic research has shaped our understanding not just of the globe's surface, but its structure at depth. Most of all, you will understand that earthquakes don't kill people - their offices, factories, tenements and houses do

2012-11-12


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Imagine for a moment that you have a credit card with a limit of a few trillion dollars but with one caveat: you need to use those funds exclusively to provide for your family. It sounds easy, until you realize your 'family' is 1.1 billion people... The British Geological Survey reports that China is the world's leading producer of rare earth elements, tungsten, antimony, bismuth, molybdenum, mercury and graphite.

2012-11-05


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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

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