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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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A 'treasure trove' of fossils - including some collected by Charles Darwin - has been re-discovered in an old cabinet...The fossils, lost for some 165 years, were found by chance in the vaults of the British Geological Survey HQ near Keyworth, UK...They have now been photographed and are available to the public through a new online museum exhibit released today.

2012-01-17


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I was in Berwick-on-Tweed yesterday when a mysterious rumble shook the town for a few seconds...The British Geological Survey said it was likely to have been a 'sonic' event caused by fast planes flying in the area. People living in Northumberland and Tyneside contacted police after buildings shook and a loud rumbling noise was heard.

2012-01-13


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Stoke-on-Trent was hit by a earthquake on Wednesday, seismologists have confirmed...The 2.4 magnitude tremor was recorded near Newchapel at 12:00 GMT by the British Geological Survey (BGS)...It was one of the larger ones to hit Britain in recent months and was measured at a depth of 1km - meaning it could have been felt...There are roughly 200-300 quakes in Britain every year, but most are so small that no one notices them.

2012-01-12


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It is 'extremely unlikely' shale gas drilling in Lancashire could contaminate ground water supplies, a leading geologist has said...Campaigners are concerned drilling may pollute drinking water with methane...Professor Mike Stephenson of the British Geological Survey said most experts thought the process, known as fracking, was a 'pretty safe activity'...

2012-01-10


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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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