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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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A 22-year-old woman in Dorset is the latest death caused by a landslide, but what is behind the spate of collapsing cliffs?... Dr Helen Reeves, chief engineering geologist and head of science at the British Geological Survey, says the threat of landslides is currently higher than normal owing to the prolonged rainfall experienced over recent months. 'An increase in water saturation affects what we call the pore pressure of the cliff,' she says.

2012-07-26


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There were fears last night for the life of a young woman trapped by a landslide on a Dorset beach that sent an estimated 400 tons of rock and mud crashing down on to the sand below... The British Geological Survey echoed this warning last night, saying holidaymakers and day trippers should avoid sitting or walking at the base of potentially unstable cliffs.

2012-07-25


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Groundwater rarely earns a place among news headlines... But a recent study by Alan MacDonald of the British Geological Survey captured global imagination by the sheer magnitude of its conclusions: it estimates Africa's groundwater storage capacity at 660,000 km3, or 100 times the continent's annual renewable freshwater resources, and 20 times the freshwater stored in African lakes.

2012-07-23


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One East Lothian resident was counting his lucky stars this week after witnessing a rare stellar treat...A space weather alert issued by the British Geological Survey last Friday predicted that a solar flare the previous evening would result in increased geomagnetic activity, with an increased chance of seeing aurora displays at lower than normal latitudes.

2012-07-19


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As part of the conservation and post-excavation programme we commissioned the British Geological Survey (BGS) to prepare thin-section slides of small samples of stone from both altars and the altar base. The slides arrived back from the BGS this morning and we are looking forward to analysing them in the coming days.

2012-07-17


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Celebrations have been held to mark 100 years since the establishment of Inverarish on Raasay, a small island off Skye. The village was built for iron ore miners, and the community grew around its original 64 terraced houses... Photographs held in the British Geological Survey's archive show PoWs on giant mechanical mining machines, while under armed guard.

2012-07-16


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Underwater landslides can be far larger than any landslide seen on land. For example, the Storegga Slide that occurred 8,200 years ago offshore Norway is larger than Scotland...This team is led by the National Oceanography Centre and involves seven other UK institutions, together with international project partners. The other UK institutions include NERC's British Geological Survey...

2012-07-16

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