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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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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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