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A MISSING puzzle piece believed to link humanity and fish discovered in the Scottish Borders is coming home. The Burnmouth fossil, whose analysis was backed with funding from the Natural Environment Research Council, is just one of many important fossils discovered in the Scottish Borders. And later this month the remains of Tiny will be on display in Edinburgh. David Millward, geologist at the British Geological Survey, believes every specimen helps to paint a fuller picture of human evolution.

2017-11-03


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Humans were creating astonishing cave paintings in the Caribbean thousands of years before the arrival of Christopher Columbus, reveals new research. New research – by academics from Leicester University and the British Museum working with colleagues from the British Geological Survey and Cambridge University, – reveals key discoveries including how the rock-art was made and paint recipes.

2017-10-30


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Scientists are now able to date the end of the last ice age in Scotland with a greater degree of certainty than ever before, thanks to new research. Britice-Chrono is a five-year project funded by the Natural Environment Research Council. Partners include the British Geological Survey (BGS), Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre and British Antarctic Survey. Samples were collected using BGS’s hi-tech Vibrocorer.

2017-10-26


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The remains of the small creature called Tiny were found in the Scottish Borders. 360-345 million years ago, Scotland lay close to the Equator and its land was hot. Researcher say Tiny was one of the first four-legged creatures to move onto land. The findings fills in a 15-million year fossil gap when fish transitioned to land life. David Millward, a geologist at NERC's British Geological Survey, said: 'Every specimen tells us something new.'

2017-10-24


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A team of scientists matched stone in statues and religious icons to a quarry in the French Alps, reconstructing a medieval European art trade route. Jane A. Evans, an isotope geochemist from the British Geological Survey called the paper “well-constructed” and said the technique “could be extended to look at a wider range of carvings from differing periods, and they could extend their fingerprinting methods to incorporate other isotope and geochemical methods.”

2017-10-23


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New guidance to safeguard and manage Northern Ireland’s rocks and landscape has been produced by the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (GSNI). Dr Kirstin Lemon, Team Leader of Information and Infrastructure at the GSNI tells us: “Understanding and managing Northern Ireland’s geodiversity has never been so important. With increasing pressures on our resources and our environment, we need to provide guidance on how we can safeguard and manage this for current and future generations.”

2017-10-23


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The British Geological Survey (BGS) is the world’s oldest national survey and the premier centre in the UK for earth science expertise. Executive Director Professor John Ludden is dedicated to advising government and industry on how to face geological challenges. We caught up with him at to discuss the BGS’s focus of understanding earth and environmental processes as well as delivering impartial advice in all areas of geoscience in the UK and internationally.

2017-10-20


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The scale of human impact on our planet has changed the course of Earth's history, an international team of researchers has concluded. Dr Colin Waters, a researcher with the British Geological Survey and the chair of The Anthropocene Working Group said: 'The Anthropocene Working Group is now working on such a proposal, based upon finding a 'golden spike' - a reference level within recent strata somewhere in the world that will best characterize the changes of the Anthropocene.

2017-10-02


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SIR Keith O’Nions has been announced as the first chair to lead the new British Geological Survey (BGS) board, which has been created to assist the BGS meet future challenges and ensure it continues as a globally leading survey, delivering services and providing infrastructure support both nationally and globally.

2017-09-29


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The recently launched Horizon 2020 project SERA (Seismology and Earthquake Engineering Research Infrastructure Alliance for Europe) aims to reduce the risk posed by natural and anthropogenic earthquakes across Europe. As part of this effort, a comprehensive earthquake risk modelling framework for Europe is being developed by a core group of engineering / risk partners in collaboration with the Global Earthquake Model or GEM.

2017-09-29


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THE British Geological Survey (BGS) has announced the location for a new “observatory for the underground” near Frodsham and Helsby that will provide important research evidence on natural resources for heat and energy. BGS has confirmed the Ince Marshes area as its preferred location for the Cheshire Energy Research Field Site, part of a £31 million science investment.

2017-09-26


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Over the last week, two earthquakes have hit Mexico and the second has killed more than 200 people in the country's capital. The British Geological Survey (BGS) noted that there have been 20 earthquakes in the last 10 years with a magnitude of 6.5 or above, within a 200km radius of Mexico City. The country resides on one of the most active plate boundaries in the world.

2017-09-21


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After Mexico's 7.1-magnitude quake, some buildings have collapsed while others, often right next door, remain standing. Why? Seismologist Susanne Sergeant of the British Geological Survey says: "Softer materials amplify the ground shaking." But she cautioned: "At this point it's going to be difficult to say whether a building has been damaged due to the architecture or the geological variation."

2017-09-20


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Holidaymakers in Mexico have been warned to follow the advice of local authorities in the wake of a devastating earthquake that has claimed the lives of at least 217 people. According to the British Geological Survey, around 75 per cent of the world’s seismic energy is released at the edge of the Pacific, where the thinner Pacific plate is forced beneath thicker continental crust along “subduction zones”.

2017-09-20


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The project exploring how redundant coal mines could heat homes will be positioned on Clyde Gateway land, either in Rutherglen or the Dalmarnock side of the River Clyde. Representatives of the NERC and BGS were in The Legacy Hub in Dalmarnock last Tuesday to explain what the project will mean for people on both sides of the river and to get their feedback.

2017-09-14


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It lived well over 550 million years ago, is known only through fossils and has variously been described as looking a bit like a jellyfish, a worm, a fungus and lichen. But was the ’mysterious’ Dickinsonia an animal, or was it something else? A new study by researchers at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, and the British Geological Survey provides strong proof that Dickinsonia was an animal.

2017-09-14


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The Department of Economic Development has opened a licensing round to select suitably qualified applicants interested in potential hydrocarbon exploration in the Island’s waters. The Department’s technical advisors, British Geological Survey (BGS), have a data room available for interested parties to view Isle of Man seismic data at their offices in Edinburgh.

2017-09-11


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Stunning displays of the aurora borealis that were visible from parts of the UK overnight were associated by historic activity on the sun. British Geological Survey's (BGS) space weather unit said an X-ray solar flare that erupted from the sun on Wednesday was the strongest in a decade. BGS said it also ranked among the top 15 flares since the 1970s.

2017-09-08


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The massive earthquake that hit Mexico late on September 7, killing close to 60 people, is the biggest in the region in almost a century. Seismologists now say the magnitude 8.1 quake was so large it moved the fault up by 32 feet, as the Cocos and North American tectonic plates collided.

2017-09-08


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Space-weather forecasters the NOAA issued a G3 (Strong) Watch for today. The British Geological Survey, Aurorawatch UK and US body Space Weather Prediction Centre have all reported heightened opportunities of spotting the aurora, because of the solar storm.

2017-09-07

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