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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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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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