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Centre with 28 permanent staff will help rescue British citizens trapped abroad by political upheavals or natural disasters... A feed of information comes in from government agencies such as the British Geological Survey, for information on earthquakes and tsunamis, and the Health Protection Agency, for information on any emerging pandemics, for example.

2012-10-18


BGS staff member Roger Musson
Roger Musson is a leading seismologist with the British Geological Survey and author of the book The Million Death Quake: The Science of Predicting Earth's Deadliest Natural Disaster, out this week. He tells PM what seismologists still don't know, why we should be wary of 'rogue quakes', and just how worried northern Californians should be.

2012-10-17


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Britain expects to issue a new estimate of its shale gas reserves in the Bowland formation in the north before end-2012, followed by a more comprehensive figure for the whole of the country in 2013, the energy ministry said on Monday... The department has commissioned the British Geological Survey (BGS) to quantify domestic shale reserves.

2012-10-16


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University of Leicester Researcher co-writes informative geological book suitable for the professional geologist, or the curious hiker. Dr Annette McGrath, IODP Research Associate in the Department of Geology at the University of Leicester has co-authored the book, Exploring the landscape of the National Forest, that has been recently published by the British Geological Survey (BGS).

2012-10-15


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The new British Geological Survey (BGS) Risk List 2012 ranks the threat to the global supply of the metals and other elements which are vital to our modern economy. The list highlights high-technology, 'critical' metals such as rare earths, tungsten and antimony where production and resources are concentrated in a few countries and so are at greater risk of supply disruption.

2012-10-12


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BGS International, whose scientists tell countries where their mineral wealth lies, has been given money by a venture capital fund to help it grow. The company is based at Keyworth and is a spin-out from the British Geological Survey. It employs geo-scientists - experts who carry out surveys which help countries like Tanzania, Sudan, Cameroon and Afghanistan understand where their minerals lie and how they might be exploited.

2012-10-11


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MARINE biologists and geologists have unveiled the first-ever set of maps detailing where vulnerable deep-sea habitats are likely to be found in the North East Atlantic... The team from Plymouth University, the Marine Biological Association, and the British Geological Survey, have used complex modelling techniques to chart a surface zone more than three times the size of the UK's land surface area.

2012-10-11


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Beautiful display of aurora borealis could be enjoyed in the Lakes after strong solar activity reached earth's atmosphere... The British Geological Survey (BGS) said the display lasted from 9pm to 4am and was the best they had seen in Britain all year... 'It took us by surprise how long the display lasted and just how clear it was,' said Sarah Reay, an expert in geomagnetism from the BGS based in Edinburgh.

2012-10-09


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The Middle East may not possess the same reputation for seismic disasters as some other parts of the world, but that is of little comfort to the people of north-west Iran, over 300 of whom were killed... Marco's theory may be compelling, but other experts advise caution. Dr Roger Musson, head of seismic hazard and archives at the British Geological Survey, says that while the view from Tel Aviv carries weight, in many seismological circles other theories demand equal billing.

2012-10-08


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The discovery by NASA rover Curiosity of evidence that water once flowed on Mars - the most Earth-like planet in the solar system - should intensify interest in what the future could hold for mankind... Ciaran Beggan, a geomagnetic specialist at the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh, said studies have also refined our understanding of how the field reverses... They have focused on lava flows. When these cool and form crystals the atoms in iron-rich molten rock align...

2012-10-04


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A fossil which has lain in a museum drawer for over a century has been recognised by a University of Leicester geologist as a unique clue to the long-lost skills of some of the most sophisticated animal architects that have ever lived on this planet... Dr Mike Howe, manager of the British Geological Survey's fossil collections and a co-author of the study, commented 'This shows that museum collections are a treasure trove, where fossils collected long ago can drive new science.'

2012-10-02


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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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