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It is 'extremely unlikely' that ground water supplies would be polluted by methane as a result of controversial 'fracking' for shale gas, UK geologists have said...But Professor Mike Stephenson, of the British Geological Survey, said most geologists thought it was a 'pretty safe activity' and the risks associated with it were low.

2012-01-10


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This week in the Planet Earth Podcast: Sue Nelson goes to Birmingham to find out how the James Bond film Casino Royale and orang-utan conservation are linked; later she meets a scientist from the British Geological Survey to learn which parts of the UK power grid are most at risk during solar storms

2012-01-03


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Geologists gathered in May to discuss whether human impact on the planet deserved recognition by declaring a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. 'We are in the process of formalizing it,' says Michael Ellis, head of the climate-change programme of the British Geological Survey in Nottingham, UK. He and others hope that adopting the term will shift the thinking of policy-makers.

2011-12-22


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A NEW interactive map has, for the first time, revealed how the island would have looked in the grip of the last ice age...The web map, created by the British Geological Survey (BGS), offers a fascinating portal into Anglesey as it was 24,000 years ago.

2011-12-21


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EAST Lancashire was hit by an earthquake over the weekend, experts revealed this morning...The British Geological Survey recorded a quake of 2.2 magnitude at 2.33pm on Saturday, that they say was felt nine kilometres south, south east of Blackburn - in the Darwen area...Scientists said the epicentre was at at depth of seven kilometres.

2011-12-19


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IT may all turn out to be just hot air, but Glasgow families could be sitting on a fortune...A new plan aims to use heat in the ground under the city to supply natural energy to homes...The British Geological Survey identified 'significant potential' in the city. It has joined up with staff from the city council to help identify which parts of the city would offer the best prospects. http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk

2011-12-13


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EasyJet to fit devices in hope of avoiding chaos and losses caused by 2010 eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano...In a report in 2010, the British Geological Survey said Katla presents 'a significantly greater risk of major disruption' than Eyjafjallajökull, whose eruption paralysed air traffic across Europe

2011-12-08


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An earthquake has hit the Bodmin area of Cornwall...According to reports from the British Geological Survey (BGS), the 2.2-magnitude tremor hit at 02:40 GMT and lasted for a few seconds... The quake could have been felt as far as St Austell, Liskeard and Padstow, but there were no reports of damage.

2011-12-04


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A low-cost sensor detects high-frequency acoustic emissions to predict whether a landslide is likely to occur...Slope Alarms: Working alongside the British Geological Survey and Geotechnical Observations, the Loughborough-led team has developed the Slope Acoustic Landslide Real-time Monitoring System (ALARMS), a sensor-based technology that can be embedded in the soil and that is able to detect the high-frequency acoustic emissions (AE) generated by deforming materials.

2011-12-02


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York Potash, the company proposing a new deep mine between Whitby and Scarborough, said its latest chemical analysis confirmed 'outstanding' quality of potash from its first bore hole...Sirius Minerals, the company behind the project, said detailed analysis from the British Geological Survey in Nottingham showed 22 metres of high-grade polyhalite across three beds.

2011-11-29


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Under a new government 'licensing round' early next year - the first since 2008 - bids for shale gas exploration licences are expected to surge, industry experts have told The Sunday Telegraph...operations in Lancashire 'triggered' two small earthquakes, one of 2.3 magnitude and the other of 1.5. Fracking has been suspended ever since. However, earthquakes of such magnitude occur in the UK almost every week, with six in the last month alone, according to the British Geological Survey.

2011-11-26


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A South African coal-mining company is cleaning up its act by building cheap, eco-friendly housing using its industrial waste...Now, AngloAmerican is mixing the waste by-product - a mineral known as gypsum - with cement to make energy-efficient bricks it uses to build houses there...Andrew Bloodworth is head of minerals at the British Geological Survey. He says that gypsum, 'a relatively common mineral geologically,' is indeed a great heat insulator and can be very strong...

2011-11-23


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Reconnaissance assessments are one of the first steps in identifying new commercial mining projects. Clive Mitchell outlines the British Geological Survey's recent evaluation of high purity limestone deposits worldwide, including in the Middle East...Limestone probably has the largest number of commercial applications of all the industrial minerals. These include construction (aggregate, rail ballast and dimension stone), mineral fillers (in paper, paint, plastic, rubber...

2011-11-22


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Geologists hope to better understand how rare metals formed in Scotland amid rising global demand for the materials for energy devices and mobile phones...Metals such as tungsten and cobalt are imported from abroad and are not currently mined in the UK...British Geological Survey (BGS) is examining how rare earths were formed near Tongue in north Sutherland, but not how they could be exploited.

2011-11-17


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A report this month found it was likely that two earthquakes were triggered in Lancashire earlier this year by the process of 'fracking'. But how regular are earthquakes in Britain and are we in any danger of suffering a large tremor?...There was an earthquake in Scotland in the past few days. And one in Chichester. And another in the West Midlands. That sounds like quite a week. But it's just business as usual for the British Geological Survey.

2011-11-15


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Wales must prepare for coastal erosion such as the landslip that left 15 caravans teetering on the edge of cliff near Barry, a minister says...The British Geological Survey (BGS) manages a database with the records of over 180 landslides around Wales and says they can be hard to predict...Dr Helen Reeves, a senior engineering geologist with the BGS...

2011-11-14


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DUBAI: The UAE is a country that loves its marble, for gleaming stone surfaces in shopping centres, palaces and mosques...The investigation into decorative stones was carried out by the British Geological Survey (BGS) as part of a 10-year, Dh90 million study of the Emirates that began in 2002...Two geologists collected samples from areas in the Hajjar mountains in October last year, taking the stones to be polished and then back to the UK for further tests.

2011-11-13


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A summit of experts on coastal erosion is being planned by a Welsh council where a dramatic rockfall left 15 caravans teetering on a cliff edge...A database managed by the British Geological Survey (BGS) records details of over 180 landslides around Wales...

2011-11-08


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A number of Lincoln's oldest and monumental buildings and areas have been described as deteriorating or at risk by English Heritage...'Historically it has been a problem,' said Dr Graham Lott of the British Geological Survey...'Though it's not all caused by pollution the building work is being affected by rain in its natural state since it's slightly acidic to start with...'

2011-11-08


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...the Health Protection Agency (HPA) in collaboration with Cornwall Council and the British Geological Survey (BGS), found that the majority of supplies which were analysed for a broad range of metals and minerals,...,met standards set by the Private Water Supplies Regulations 2009...where a water sample has exceeded the standard, householders have been given a results letter with specific advice about next steps and health information.

2011-11-07

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