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Reports of tremors on the Aberdeenshire coast were not the result of an earthquake, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has said... The BGS said it could be down to sonic booms, such as those from aircraft breaking the sound barrier.

2012-05-23


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What would it look like if all of Earth's water was brought together in a single sphere?... The image above, from the USGS, shows all the world's water... British researchers recently mapped the quantity and potential yield of all of Africa's groundwater, which may help improve access to clean water for the continent's residents. Scientists from the British Geological Survey and University College London estimate that Africa's groundwater totals over 158, 000 cubic miles.

2012-05-22


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BGS celebrates completion of a £25m investment that mirrors Earth science's value to the nation, says Chief Scientific Adviser...The Government's Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Sir John Beddington CMG FRS, opened the headquarters of the British Geological Survey in Keyworth, after its £25m makeover.

2012-05-21


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Visitors can take a journey back through three billion years at the British Geological Survey's revamped centre in Keyworth... It now features an eco-friendly office for scientists and support staff, a reception and conference facility, as well as a geological walkway, in which three billion years of the Earth's history are squeezed into a 130-metre-long stone concourse.

2012-05-17


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TGS has entered into new data release agreements with the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the British Geological Survey (BGS). These agreements permit TGS to release new and historical data for all onshore and offshore wells in the UK. The well data, once captured and quality controlled, will be available online from TGS.

2012-05-16


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Thousands of kilos of carbon dioxide will be injected into the seabed to simulate effects of a leak on the marine ecosystem...The experiment will also attempt to provide data to help scientists to predict future leaks and monitor for them, and also create models to predict future impact of CCS. The University of Nottingham and the Carbon Dioxide Storage group of the British Geological Survey are running similar experiments on potential soil leaks.

2012-05-14


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This week in the Planet Earth Podcast: researchers explain why, despite record rainfall, England is in drought... Last month was the UK's wettest April for more than a century. Even so, England is still in drought. Sue Nelson goes to the River Thames in Oxfordshire to meet water availability specialist Jamie Hannaford from Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and groundwater expert John Bloomfield from British Geological Survey to find out why.

2012-05-08


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The Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA) has said its modern mapping tools have helped in understanding the occurrences and quality of more solid mineral resources...The initial component funded by the Federal Government is carried out by the NGSA staff while the second component by the collaboration between the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the NGSA is facilitated by the Sustainable Management of Mineral Resources Unit of the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development.

2012-05-08


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Water levels in the East Midlands are 'worryingly' low despite recent rain in the region, water experts said...Stephanie Bricker, of the British Geological Survey, said recent checks on boreholes in the region showed underground water levels were as much as 5m lower than normal

2012-05-02


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Huge reserves of underground water in some of the driest parts of Africa could provide a buffer against the effects of climate change for years to come, scientists said...Researchers from the British Geological Survey and University College London have for the first time mapped the aquifers, or groundwater, across the continent and the amount they hold.

2012-04-22


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Shale could bring energy independence for many nations, freeing them from a reliance on imports...Shales are the most abundant form of sedimentary rock on earth, serving also as the source rocks for hydrocarbons that migrate into conventional reservoirs. Nigel Smith at the British Geological Survey, a research council, uses the analogy of looking for something to eat in a house...

2012-04-22


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Scientists say the notoriously dry continent of Africa is sitting on a vast reservoir of groundwater...They argue that the total volume of water in aquifers underground is 100 times the amount found on the surface...Now scientists have for the first time been able to carry out a continent-wide analysis of the water that is hidden under the surface in aquifers...Researchers from the British Geological Survey and University College London (UCL)...

2012-04-20


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Almost 40% of Glasgow's heat could be provided by tapping into waters from abandoned mines underneath the city, according to the British Geological Survey (BGS)... The BGS is working with Glasgow City Council to identify which areas of the city could supply geothermal energy... In a report on the potential for geothermal heating in Glasgow, the BGS said the city's miners had left a 'valuable inheritance' in the form of waters now held in the shafts and tunnels underneath the ground.

2012-04-19


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Home owners are digging boreholes on their land to get around the hosepipe ban as manufacturers report spiralling demands for alternative sources of water... The British Geological Survey estimate 20 per cent of homes would have enough room and good enough groundwater supplies. The best kind of rock is chalk or sandstones.

2012-04-18


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A panel of experts has said a controversial method of gas extraction which triggered two earth tremors near Blackpool last year should continue under strict regulations... Dr Brian Baptie, head of seismology at the British Geological Survey, said that there is only a 'very small' risk of damage from earthquakes caused by hydraulic fracturing (known as fracking)...

2012-04-17


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DECC will today publish an independent expert report recommending measures to mitigate the risks of seismic tremors from hydraulic fracturing - and is inviting public comment on its recommendations... (Download reports co-authored by Dr Brian Baptie, Head of Earthquake Seismology, British Geological Survey).

2012-04-17


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A controversial gas extraction method which triggered two earth tremors near Blackpool last year should continue under strict conditions, a government-appointed panel of experts says...'We've opted for a much lower, more conservative option,' said Brian Baptie, head of seismology at the British Geological Survey (BGS)...'Even with real-time monitoring, there will be a time lag between what we've put into the ground and what we get back out in the form of earthquakes.'

2012-04-17


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Deep in the Devonshire countryside, an old metal mine has become the latest - and most unlikely - battlefront for the global trade war between East and West... But now the rising price of the tungsten it holds, a metal currently under a Chinese stranglehold, means plans are under way to bring it back to life...Hemerdon's deposit of tungsten, which is Swedish for 'heavy stone', is the fourth largest in the world, according to the British Geological Survey.

2012-04-15


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The future of the contentious practice of hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking', in the UK will come under the spotlight on Tuesday with the release of a fresh report on the shale gas drilling that experts say triggered two minor earthquakes near Blackpool last year... The Department of Energy and Climate Change then commissioned a separate report by scientists from bodies including the British Geological Survey and Keele University.

2012-04-15


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Roger Musson, a seismologist from the British Geological Survey, said the quakes were unlike those seen off Indonesia in recent years, where ground had been pushed under the continental plate, 'flipping up' the seabed. 'It seems to be a large earthquake within the Indian Plate and the plate has broken in a sort of lateral way,' he said. 'It's a sort of tearing earthquake, and this is much less likely to cause a tsunami because it's not displacing large volumes of water.'

2012-04-12

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