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Some of Scotland’s most densely populated communities are sitting on what could, quite literally, be a hotbed of limitless clean energy. The British Geological Survey and the Natural Environment Research Council, the UK’s main funding body for earth sciences, have unveiled plans to investigate the true scope of recovering heat from water trapped deep underground in abandoned mines in a pioneering new project that will be based in Glasgow.

2017-08-15


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Gordon Waddington, chief executive of the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA), examines the UK’s move towards a low carbon economy, and suggests that the Midlands is ideally placed to take advantage of the opportunities this will create. The ERA is a partnership of six of the Midlands’ outstanding research universities - Aston, Birmingham, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick, combined with the specialist expertise of the British Geological Survey.

2017-08-11


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British Geological Survey (BGS) will set up an Asian Research and Innovation hub in Andhra Pradesh’s new Capital City Amaravati. They are keen to play a role in the development of Amaravati, by advising the state on all aspects of geoscience and providing impartial geological advice to industry, academia and the public.

2017-08-10


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The largest earthquake to be felt in the west Highlands of Scotland in more than 30 years was recorded on Friday. The British Geological Survey (BGS) recorded the magnitude 3.8 tremor in the Moidart area just before 3.45pm. The BGS stated: "This earthquake was felt widely across the west of Scotland."

2017-08-05


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A team of scientists is pursuing an energy source of the future. They have drilled down toward the center of the Earth, stopping short of a chamber of molten magma, a scalding pocket so hot it would melt a lead pipe. They aim to use that heat to power the world. “You have volcanic areas around the world and if we can get more out of it, it might have global implications,” says John Ludden, executive director of the British Geological Survey. “In reality, we may not be that far away.”

2017-07-25


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People in the north west Highlands have reported feeling a small earthquake on Sunday morning. British Geological Survey (BGS) recorded a 2.3 magnitude earthquake at Badrallach, a few miles west of Ullapool, at about 09:00. BGS said the reports included descriptions of walls "visibly" shaking and windows rattling.

2017-07-24


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Despite a lot of fine, dry weather in some areas, it was the wettest June on record for Scotland and the sixth wettest June for the UK as a whole. The assessment is contained in the latest monthly hydrological summary for the UK, the most authoritative analysis of water resources status in the country. The monthly summaries are produced by the National Hydrological Monitoring Programme, operated by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology in conjunction with the British Geological Survey.

2017-07-18


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A SONIC event has been blamed for rumbling noises and rattling windows last night. British Geological Survey seismologist Davie Galloway confirmed the vibrations were too slow to have been an earthquake. Instead the vibrations were measured to be at the speed of sound, which led to the conclusion that it was likely to have been a sonic event, such as a plane going supersonic.

2017-07-18


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Scientists will investigate how fracking can affect drinking water and its role in earthquake tremors. Professor Michael Stephenson, director of science and technology at the British Geological Survey, which has undertaken four major surveys of the shale resource, said there appeared to be key differences between shale in the UK and in the US, where fracking first took off.

2017-07-05


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Today, a paper providing an assessment of the resource base for engineered geothermal systems in Great Britain was released by the British Geological Survey, providing an estimated technical potential of 2,280 MW.

2017-06-21


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The British Geological Survey has confirmed that a mysterious loud bang heard in several Lincolnshire villages was an earthquake. Glenn Ford, seismologist for the organisation, said that incidents like this happen more often than many understand.

2017-06-06


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A new gold rush is targeting rich ores on the ocean floor containing valuable metals needed for smartphones and green technologies, but also hosting exotic ecosystems. Tracy Shimmield at the British Geological Survey argues that the UK should seek a national licence from the International Seabed Authority in order to set up an ocean floor observatory.

2017-06-04


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The freak weather phenomenon, called a “meteotsunami”, occurred near Amsterdam off the country’s north coast on Monday morning. Professor David Tappin of the British Geological Survey said: 'Most tsunamis are geological, where you have a vertical movement on the seabed which can be caused by an earthquake, or a landslide. Meteotsunamis, however, are created by weather.'

2017-06-02


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Commercial interest is growing in plans to harness geothermal energy from Iceland’s magma lakes and use it to supply the UK and Europe. “We have had discussions with a number of international oil and gas companies,” says John Ludden, the director of the British Geological Survey, which is coordinating the Krafla project with Iceland’s Geothermal Research Group.

2017-05-19


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Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur has collaborated with the British Geological Survey to turn Varanasi into a smart city. Three dimensional geological modelling of the geology under Varanasi will be prepared to help improve the building of new transport and service infrastructure.

2017-05-13


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New insights into the convection patterns of the Earth’s mantle and its chemical makeup have been revealed by a researcher from the University of Leicester. The research was conducted with Professor Huw Davies of Cardiff University and Dr Martin Wolstencroft of JBA Risk Management, Skipton (formerly of Cardiff University) and Dr Ian Millar at the NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory at the British Geological Survey in Keyworth.

2017-05-12


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This year's theme was time, tide and tectonics - as visitors and school groups enjoyed talks, walks, exhibitions and hands on activities across the town. other organisations that took part in this year's even included British Antarctic Survey and the British Geological Survey.

2017-05-02


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On April 28, 2007 just before 8.20am, Folkestone shook during a 4.3 magnitude earthquake that startled people awake. Scientists studying the seismic activity around Britain were caught off guard as David Booth, of the British Geological Survey, revealed they did not expect Folkestone to be an area prone to an earthquake.

2017-04-28


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There were more than 4,000 earthquakes recorded across Scotland over the past 50 years, including a 4.4 magnitude quake in Knoydart Peninsula in 1974. Davie Galloway, British Geological Survey seismologist, told the BBC Scotland news website, that an earthquake over 2 magnitude would feel like a lorry passing your house and it would make windows rattle.'People think we don't get earthquakes because we are not on the edge of a plate but we do.'

2017-04-26


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They may seem like a rare phenomenon, but the UK experiences more earthquakes than you think. An interactive map by Esri UK plotting the earthquakes has been published to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of the inventor of the Richter Scale. British Geological Survey spokesman Clive Mitchell said: ‘Despite being nowhere near a plate tectonic boundary the UK experiences hundreds of small earthquakes each year.'

2017-04-25

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