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Martin Smith and Andy Howard (British Geological Survey) explain why moving away from the printed map to a digital 3D National Geological Model is a 'coming of age' for William Smith's great vision...The geological map has long been the main product that captures and communicates this geological knowledge; but this is now changing fundamentally in response to changing needs and new technologies...

2012-03-02


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Residents in one Edgware Road housing block reported their properties shaking during the gigs with one woman even running out of her flat in fear... Westminster Council has confirmed it is in talks with the British Geological Survey (BGS) to use its seismometers to investigate this summer... The BGS was even able to predict that earthquake-like tremors would be felt a kilometre away from an Oasis concert at Earls Court in 1995.

2012-03-01


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A new digital map of the UK has been launched by the British Geological Survey (BGS) in a bid to help planners, developers and local authorities reduce urban flooding... The interactive sustainable drainage systems (SuDs) map identifies areas where rainfall can soak into the ground through SuDs, such as soakaways, infiltration basins and permeable paving, thus decreasing the chance of flooding and watercourse pollution.

2012-03-01


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More small earthquakes have hit the island of Islay off the west coast of Scotland... The tremors shook the island at 09:14 and 09:25. One resident described a very deep, loud rumble...The British Geological Survey said the first quake had a magnitude of 2.7. A spokeswoman said there were no reports of any damage... A further four small earthquakes have already affected the area this month, reaching up to a magnitude of 2.6.

2012-02-29


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A UK industry and European Space Agency effort is seeking to make space assets available for responding to UK disasters...Finally, the British Geological Survey provides additional expertise on geoscience technologies related to flooding and other emergencies.

2012-02-29


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After the success of previous years, we are returning to BGS Headquarters for this favourite Family Fun Day. Try your luck at gold panning, generate an earthquake and make your own fossil replica. See drilling samples from deep beneath your feet, see and touch fabulous fossils from the Museum's Collection. Meet some real geologists and learn first-hand what they do. No charge, but booking is essential.

2012-02-27


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The Government's approach to mitigating the effect of an EMP attack and the EMP-like effects of space weather is three-pronged...Dr Kerridge of the British Geological Survey said:'There has been a great acceleration over the past year in the way we have addressed this problem...As a result of that, in October 2010 we began something that we have termed the Space Environment Impacts Expert Group.'

2012-02-24


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OF ALL the British businesses that once ruled the world, cement-making is hardly the most glamorous. But, mixed with sand and other aggregates to make concrete, it provided the foundations for Victorian-era industrial expansion and empire-building. Portland cement, the sort most widely used today, is a British invention. And Andrew Bloodworth of the British Geological Survey reckons aggregates are still the country¿s biggest primary industry¿in terms of weight, not value

2012-02-24


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The list of once-obscure metals and minerals that are becoming 'strategic' seems to be growing daily. However, population growth and rising living standards in developing countries are driving demand for most raw materials... Recently, the British Geological Survey ranked graphite right behind the rare earths and substantially ahead of lithium in terms of supply criticality.

2012-02-08


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The British Geological Survey (BGS) has a risk list outlining the relative threat to supply of chemical elements and element groups that are needed to maintain the global economy. A visualization of the list is available through this infographic. Of the 52 items, platinum group elements are among the four with an 8.5 out of 10 rating on the index, which marks them as very high at risk.

2012-02-03


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BRACE yourself. Ireland was hit by a mini-earthquake yesterday and there may be more tremors to come...The quake, measuring 2.2 on the Richter scale, rocked an area of 30 square kilometres between Letterkenny and Buncrana in Donegal shortly after 1am...David Galloway, from the British Geological Survey which picked up the earthquake, said it was 'quite a moderate quake for Ireland'...

2012-01-27


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THE US has led the world in extracting gas from shale but interest is now spreading elsewhere...Showing that methane in a water well is thermogenic might be a clue that a fracking operation is leaking, although thermogenic methane is sometimes found naturally in aquifers so you have to know the baseline levels. This is why the BGS is working on a baseline survey.

2012-01-26


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An earthquake measuring 2.2 on the Richter scale has been recorded in north Donegal...The tremors, which were not strong enough to cause structural damage, were felt in many areas from Letterkenny to Buncrana...The British Geological Survey had confirmed its equipment in Buncrana recorded a magnitude 2.2 earthquake at 1.04am this morning. Read more: http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/minor-earthquake-recorded-in-donegal-537345.html#ixzz1kYiNpPDt

2012-01-26


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The enactment of the Floods and Water Management Act seems a long time ago, but the hard work starts in earnest when Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) are implemented through the SuDS National Standards in 2012...This event is organised jointly by the Modern Built Environment and Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Networks, the British Geological Survey and CIRIA.

2012-01-25


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Glencoe was once a volcano. Unlike many of the Carboniferous volcanoes in the area of Edinburgh (Castle Rock, Arthur's Seat) it is not easy to recognise one distinct mountain as being 'the volcano' of Glencoe...The British Geological Survey provide an excellent free online resource where it is possible to view a geological map of anywhere in Great Britain. Visit http://maps.bgs.ac.uk/geologyviewer_google/googleviewer.html, type 'Glencoe' in the box

2012-01-25


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It could be possible to see the aurora borealis as far south as London. So how do you maximise your chances of seeing the spectacular light show?...What should you do to maximise your chances? The first thing we need to see the northern lights is a clear night. 'The aurora is above cloud levels, which means clear skies are necessary,' says Sarah Reay, a geomagnetism scientist with the British Geological Survey.

2012-01-24


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Lancashire planning officials to reveal shale gas fracking recommendations. The British Geological Survey has said it will carry out independent analysis of fracking, monitoring groundwater, air quality, seismic activity and ground movements at the two sites if they are given planning permission.

2012-01-21


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Baron Hutton of Furness has been appointed as non-executive director of Sirius Minerals, an Aim-listed company that plans to develop potash mines in Yorkshire...In the UK, Cleveland Potash, a unit of ICL Fertilizers, has operated the Boulby Mine, on the North Yorkshire coast, for more than 35 years, producing 1m tonnes of potash a year. The British Geological Survey is quoted as saying that Boulby is the most important non-petroleum mining operation in the UK.

2012-01-20


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British scientists have found scores of fossils the great evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin and his peers collected but that had been lost for more than 150 years...Dr Howard Falcon-Lang, a paleontologist at Royal Holloway, University of London, said on Tuesday that he stumbled upon the glass slides containing the fossils in an old wooden cabinet that had been shoved in a 'gloomy corner' of the massive, draughty British Geological Survey.

2012-01-17


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For 160 years they lay forgotten in a dusty cabinet, lost to science because they had been hastily filed away...Now a treasure trove of fossils collected by the young Charles Darwin has been discovered by chance...The fossils were lost because Darwin¿s best friend, the botanist Joseph Hooker, did not catalogue them properly. He had been given the job while working at the British Geological Survey in 1846.

2012-01-17

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