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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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The 8.7 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Indonesia is unlikely to trigger a major tsunami due to the horizontal rather than vertical shift of ground, according to the British Geological Survey... @ 2 mins 30 secs: As Susan sergeant joins us now from the British Geological Survey.

2012-04-11


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Two of the solar system's best natural timekeepers have been caught misbehaving, suggesting that the accepted ages for the oldest known rock samples are off by a million years or more... 'If you have a critical event in Earth's history, something like an extinction event or a climate change shift or a meteorite impact, you need to know the absolute age with the most confidence,' says Joe Hiess of the British Geological Survey, who led one of the studies.

2012-03-29


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Vale has adopted GeoVisionary software, which aids the visualisation of complex data, and installed a portfolio of Virtalis ActiveWorks 3D visualisation systems...GeoVisionary was developed by Virtalis, in collaboration with the British Geological Survey (BGS), as specialist software for the high-resolution visualisation of elevation and photography data overlaid with a wide range of geospatial data.

2012-03-29


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Rich deposits of gas have been discovered under the rolling countryside of Melton and the Vale of Belvoir. Shale gas, a natural gas contained in rocks hundreds of millions of years old, has been found by geologists at the British Geological Survey (BGS), just over the Leicestershire border at Keyworth, in Nottinghamshire, as part of ongoing geological survey work.

2012-03-28


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Shale gas deposits in the East Midlands could give the region a boost but environmentalists are expressing concern... Ed Hough is a geologist, based at the British Geological Survey HQ at Keyworth in Nottinghamshire...He showed me box 14189. It contained rock drilled at Duffield, just north of Derby...

2012-03-23


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Balearic shearwaters take 'female only' migrations to France over the summer, say scientists. Migratory societies may be segregated, with females also spending longer on migrations, a study found...A team of researchers from the University of Oxford, together with the National Oceanography Centre, the British Geological Survey and local experts in Mallorca, Spain carried out the study

2012-03-23


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Jim Crawford needs to know his nuclear power station on a gentle stretch of England's North Sea coast can withstand a chunk of volcanic rock dropping into the ocean 2000 miles away in the Canary Islands... The last major quake to cause a tsunami on Europe's Atlantic coast was in 1755 off Portugal, said David Tappin, a marine geologist and expert on tsunamis from submarine and volcanic landslides at the British Geological Survey.

2012-03-22


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It's a rare fight. The US, Europe and Japan have lodged a formal complaint with the World Trade Organization over China's export of rare earths - or lack of it... China is now imposing stricter regulations. As of last year, only companies that comply are allowed to export rare earths. 'They are heading in the right direction,' says Paul Lusty of the British Geological Survey.

2012-03-21


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Last year, Blackpool and other parts of Lancashire's Fylde coast were rocked by two earthquakes. The tremors were only small, and geologists will tell you quakes of this size happen quite naturally about 10 times a month... Lancashire could prove a test case for a much larger operation. According to the British Geological Survey (BGS), there are shale deposits stretching under the Pennine Basin from Blackpool to Scarborough...

2012-03-21


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Scientists are looking at what climate conditions were like 3.3 to 3 million years ago... USGS researchers collaborate with scientists at the University of Leeds, University of Bristol, Columbia University, Northumbria University, University of Leicester and the British Geological Survey to better understand Pliocene climate.

2012-03-20


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'Rare earths' are a group of 17 chemically similar elements crucial to the manufacture of many hi-tech products. Despite their name, most are abundant in nature but are hazardous to extract. Most 'rare earth' elements have uses in several different fields, as well as those listed below...Source: British Geological Survey, Royal Society of Chemistry

2012-03-13


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Scientists are warning of further solar storms this week after Earth was hit on Thursday by one of the fastest clouds of energy to emerge from the surface of the sun in recent years... Satellite images of the latest flare show 'a complex network of sunspots indicating a large amount of stored magnetic energy', according to the British Geological Survey (BGS). The particles left the sun at more than 1200 miles per second...

2012-03-09


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A strong solar storm is expected to hit Earth shortly, and experts warn it could disrupt power grids, satellite navigation and plane routes... The storm - the largest in five years - will unleash a torrent of charged particles between 06:00 GMT and 10:00 GMT, US weather specialists say... In the UK, the best chance to see them will be on Thursday night, the British Geological Survey says

2012-03-08


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Chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis over Scotland later are high, if weather conditions are favourable, the British Geological Survey has said...Even if skies are cloudless, the Moon may be too bright to see the Northern Lights clearly unless they are strong... Seeing the aurora could be possible as the Earth is being battered by a storm of charged particles from the Sun.

2012-03-08


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A CHARITY which supports adults with learning disabilities and mental health problems is supplying wooden boxes to the York Potash Project, the company that is proposing to build a new potash mine near Robin Hood's Bay... The hand-crafted boxes will be sent to the British Geological Survey in Nottingham for independent analysis to determine the quality of the potash.

2012-03-07


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One year ago this Sunday, a huge earthquake - the fifth largest ever recorded - ripped through the seabed about 40 miles off the coast of Japan... So what can scientists do to predict a quake? According to Brian Baptie, a seismologist at the British Geological Survey, the answer is nothing. 'Nobody has been able to predict an earthquake in terms of where, when and how big it might be,' he says.

2012-03-06

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