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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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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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