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A British report which found that fracking was the 'highly probable' cause of two minor earthquakes in the Blackpool area during the northern hemisphere spring has attracted considerable media attention...Dr Brian Baptie, Head of Earthquake Seismology at the British Geological Survey (BGS), said: 'The Cuadrilla report confirms the initial BGS conclusion that the earthquakes were probably caused by the injection of fluid ('fracking').'

2011-11-04


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There's no dispute that humans are leaving their mark on the planet, but geologists and other scientists are debating whether this imprint is distinctive and enduring enough to designate a new epoch: the Anthropocene...'Peel back the pavements and the human interventions are already written in the rocks,' says Simon Price, an urban geoscientist with the British Geological Survey. 'We're witnessing a geological process, but it's by our hands, not by glaciers or rivers.'

2011-11-03


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It is 'highly probable' that shale gas test drilling triggered earth tremors in Lancashire, a study has found...The Department of Energy and Climate Change said; 'The implications of this report will be reviewed very carefully - in consultation with the British Geological Survey, independent experts, and the other key regulators, HSE and the Environment Agency - before any decision on the resumption of these hydraulic fracture operations is made.'

2011-11-02


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When a massive tsunami slammed into Japan there were dire estimates about the number of people killed and damage done - eight months on Channel 4 News looks at the country's tsunami legacy...The British Geological Survey (BGS) has recorded more than 700 aftershocks with a magnitude of 5.0 or greater - the number between 4.0 and 4.9 has been over 3700...

2011-11-01


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It's a popular plot device in disaster movies. Cinema audiences sit munching their popcorn, while the villain plants a bomb (preferably nuclear) somewhere in California and holds the world to ransom with his (or her) threat to generate a mega-earthquake and destroy the world...Decoded Science asked Dr. Roger Musson, of the British Geological Survey. According to Dr. Musson, such a scenario is theoretically possible - but in reality the practicalities are just too problematic.

2011-11-01


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RESIDENTS across Scarborough have given a cautious welcome to a huge potash find outside the town...York Potash chiefs have revealed Scarborough is sitting on billions of pounds worth of plant fertiliser which could be mined...The mineral cores unearthed are currently being analysed by the British Geological Survey and York Potash hopes to finish test drilling by the end of the year.

2011-10-31


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DEVELOPERS have been urged to step up efforts to minimise the impact of a potash mine on a Yorkshire national park after one of the world¿s most extensive deposits of the mineral has been unearthed...York Potash, the company behind the plans to create the first mine of its kind in the UK for nearly 40 years...The mineral cores have now been sent for full chemical analysis at the British Geological Survey¿s laboratories with results due in about four weeks.

2011-10-31


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Beneath swathes of the UK lie billions of pounds worth of shale gas. And now we can get to it...analysis at two test sites and results from earlier 'dry' holes made by firms which were looking for conventional oil and gas, is scientific and credible, says Nigel Smith of the British Geological Survey. But it is also only the beginning...

2011-10-29


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ANDRA, the French National Radioactive Waste Management Agency, has completed a rigorous two year analysis into GeoVisionary and has given the system the official go-ahead...We were wowed the first time we encountered GeoVisionary at the British Geological Survey. The idea of being able to visualise all our data in 3D, including photos, GoCad geological data, borehole data, details of geological faults, geological maps.. http://www.virtalis.com

2011-10-28


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There really is gold in those hills - enough for a king's ransom. Scotgold Resources Ltd has just been given planning permission to open Scotland's first gold mine since gold was mined 500 years ago at Leadhills to make the Scottish crown jewels...research being undertaken at the University of Leicester, in conjunction with Scotgold Resources and in collaboration with researchers at Aberdeen and Glasgow Universities and the British Geological Survey, will be key to finding the next gold mine.

2011-10-28


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(Reuters) - Turkey is much better placed to deal with its latest earthquake since overhauling its emergency operations in the past decade, but international experts questioned on Monday its decision to rebuff many outside offers of help...'The problem is the enforcing of the building code on the ground,' said Roger Musson, a seismologist with the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh.

2011-10-25


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The geological community in the UK has long recognised that scientifically important information revealed in temporary exposures of bedrock and superficial Quaternary deposits is frequently lost to science. This is largely due to the ephemeral nature of the exposures and the inability of the geoscience community to respond at short notice...taken forward at the British Geological Survey (BGS)...

2011-10-20


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Corporations given easy access to scientific data through Elsevier's map interface...Oil and gas companies can now get easy access to 200 years of scientific research, after a partnership between Elsevier and the Geological Society of London sees more than 165000 different geological maps brought together on a single platform...Richard Hughes, the director of information at the British Geological Survey...

2011-10-20


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With markets across the world suffering from severe jolts, investors are turning towards gold as the safest option to put their money in...Gold prices rose to dizzying heights in India in recent times...While this is good news for investors in the yellow metal, it is bad news for those who are planning to buy gold jewellery...British Geological Survey recently published a list of countries by production of gold - (World Mineral Production 2005-2009).

2011-10-19


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September saw a continuation of the marked spatial variation in rainfall across the UK which has been featured throughout 2011. The lowest monthly rainfall totals coincided with those areas for which long-term rainfall deficiencies were already substantial. There was, therefore, little amelioration of drought conditions in affected areas of England...operated by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology in conjunction with the British Geological Survey.

2011-10-17


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Huge swathes of Britain are up for grabs in a new round of gas exploration licences which the government is due to issue soon. Could this be the answer to cheaper energy bills?...Looking over the maps he drew up for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), Nigel Smith, a geologist working for the British Geological Survey, highlights which areas of the UK contain the most potential for gas exploration...

2011-10-13


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The British Geological Survey (BGS) is developing innovative ways to open up access to its geospatial data. Wayne Shelley, Andrew Marchant, Patrick Bell and Keith Westhead explain how

2011-10-12


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Our preoccupation with short-term access to high-tech metals ignores the potential of a more circular economy to increase economic resilience...The British Geological Survey's 2011 risk list, published a couple of weeks ago...

2011-10-11


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The dramatic collapse of the cliff was caught on camera on the North Cornish coast between Godrevy and Porthreath back in September and posted online last week.

2011-10-08


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...Engineering geologist Pete Hobbs of the British Geological Survey said: 'That is some of the best footage I've ever seen of a rock-fall.' He estimated that about 100,000 tonnes of rock had fallen into the sea...

2011-10-07

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