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Shale gas could 'turn the world of energy upside-down' and even fundamentally change international geopolitics, suggested Professor Mike Stephenson of the British Geological Survey (BGS) yesterday, but until the peer-reviewed data is in, we need to reserve judgement...Yesterday's open lecture on shale gas in the UK at London's Geological Society on shale gas in the UK was a welcome intervention in a debate which has been dominated by overcooked rhetoric on all sides. http://www.carbonbrief.org/

2012-06-19


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FOR a continent where more than 300 million people lack access to safe drinking water, Africa is sitting on a lot of it... The journal Environmental Research Letters recently published a set of maps of groundwater resources in Africa, the results of two years of research led by the British Geological Survey and financed by the British Department for International Development.

2012-06-18


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mySoil also allows the public to upload information, helping to improve knowledge of the properties of specific soil types and the vegetation habitats that they provide...The app offers a map of soil parent material - the underlying geological material - and information on depth, texture, pH and organic matter content... Produced by the NERC British Geological Survey and the NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology... http://www.nfuonline.com

2012-06-15


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On a small Finnish island and deep in remote rural France, far from the debates and doubts that followed Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster, the ground work is underway for a commitment to atomic power for the long term - the very long term... Richard Shaw, a radioactive waste specialist at the British Geological Survey, also said: 'Deep geological disposal is the way forward for managing our waste in a safe way.'

2012-06-13


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Selfoss, Iceland - When Iceland's Grímsvötn volcano erupted in May 2011, ejecting 0.7 cubic kilometers (0.2 cubic miles) of ash far up into the atmosphere, most of the material headed north to the pole... In a citizen-science effort coordinated by the British Geological Survey, John Stevenson of Edinburgh University in the United Kingdom studied where ash actually fell, the sizes of the ash grains, and the timing of the plume's arrival.

2012-06-12


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Last June a small tsunami struck the south-west coast of England. It was 40cm high at Portsmouth, and was first thought to have been caused by an underwater landslide. But it was actually a weather effect... The British Geological survey examined the 2011 event, and found no corresponding seismic activity. The wave coincided with intense summer squalls in the Atlantic and was created when many waves generated by the wind merged into one.

2012-06-08


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A magnitude 4.0 earthquake has been recorded off the coast of Co Mayo this morning. A spokesman for the British Geological Survey, which monitors seismic activity in the UK and Ireland, said the quake happened just before 9am, 60km west of Aughleam near Belmullet. He said it was very unusual to have an earthquake of such magnitude in the area as it had never happened before.

2012-06-06


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An earthquake has shaken parts of Shropshire. The tremors were felt in Ludlow and Church Stretton at about 13:16 BST. The British Geological Survey said it had a magnitude of 2.5 and occurred at a depth of 14km (nine miles). Nobody is thought to have been injured.

2012-06-01


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Cumbria is sitting on top of a vast untapped source of energy which could generate enough power to heat thousands of homes... Tim Jackson, a geothermal engineer with SKM, said Cumbria is just one of several hot spots identified in a British Geological Survey survey carried out after the drilling of deep boreholes.

2012-05-31


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Cumbria is sitting on top of a vast untapped source of energy which could generate enough power to heat thousands of homes... Tim Jackson, a geothermal engineer with SKM, said Cumbria is just one of several hot spots identified in a British Geological Survey survey carried out after the drilling of deep bore holes.

2012-05-31


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Cumbria is sitting on top of a vast untapped source of energy which could generate enough power to heat thousands of homes... Tim Jackson, a geothermal engineer with SKM, said Cumbria is just one of several hot spots identified in a British Geological Survey survey carried out after the drilling of deep boreholes.

2012-05-31


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Cumbria is sitting on top of a vast untapped source of energy which could generate enough power to heat thousands of homes...

2012-05-31


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Cumbria is sitting on top of a vast untapped source of energy which could generate enough power to heat thousands of homes... Tim Jackson, a geothermal engineer with SKM, said Cumbria is just one of several hot spots identified in a British Geological Survey survey carried out after the drilling of deep boreholes.

2012-05-31


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A report just published has identified more than 900 square miles in the county which could generate energy from hot rocks, deep under the earth¿s surface...Tim Jackson, a geothermal engineer with SKM, said Cumbria is just one of several hot spots identified in a British Geological Survey survey carried out after the drilling of deep bore holes.

2012-05-31


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CUMBRIA is sitting on top of a vast untapped source of energy which could generate enough power to heat thousands of homes... Tim Jackson, a geothermal engineer with SKM, said Cumbria is just one of several hot spots identified in a British Geological Survey survey carried out after the drilling of deep bore holes.

2012-05-31


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It is a haunting image. The severed clock tower in the town of Finale Emilia near Bologna is sure to be shown over and over again whenever anyone wants to illustrate the destructive consequences of earthquakes... Dr Susanne Sargeant from the British Geological Survey commented: 'Yes, the seismic hazard is well understood, but the volume of the building stock that still needs to be strengthened is a massive undertaking.'

2012-05-30


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Do it for Framework Day is just around the corner and 12-year-old Henry will be getting into the spirit by baking and selling dozens of cakes to raise money...Henry is an honorary member of the Billy's Basement Bakers, a fundraising baking club based at the British Geological Survey in Keyworth. The club donated a very warmly welcomed £500 to us in January and will again be baking for Do it For Framework Day on Friday, June 29th.

2012-05-30


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Understanding the sediments deposited by devastating tsunamis is essential for identifying where similar disasters have struck, how big they were and how often they can happen - work which could ultimately save many lives...British Geological Survey scientists describe their journey to study deposits left by the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

2012-05-25


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The launch of a new centre of North Sea expertise today could boost jobs and growth in Scotland, accelerate development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) and unlock three billion barrels of hard-to-reach oil from the North Sea - worth £190 billion... It will operate within Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage, a collaboration between the University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University and the British Geological Survey. http://www.scottish-enterprise.com

2012-05-23


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An international team of researchers, including a University of Virginia professor, has found that two ink sacs from 160-million-year-old giant cephalopod fossils discovered two years ago in England contain the pigment melanin, and that it is essentially identical to the melanin found in the ink sac of a modern-day cuttlefish... Phillip Wilby of the British Geological Survey found it in Christian Malford, Wiltshire, England, west of London near Bristol.

2012-05-23

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