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Chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis will increase over the next 48 hours, according to space weather watchers. British Geological Survey, Aurorawatch UK and US body Space Weather Prediction Centre have all reported heightened opportunities of spotting the aurora. British Geological Survey (BGS) said: "A very large, centrally located coronal hole has rotated around the Sun's surface so that it is now facing the Earth."

2016-09-28


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The British Geological Survey has brought a new lease of life to its historic material by putting its water-coloured map sheets online. This online archive gives a fascinating insight into the output of the early Geological Survey.

2016-09-27


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With huge thanks to the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh, we now have a magnetometer in our school, collecting real data about the Earth’s magnetic field strength and uploading it online. They already have some magnetometers buried underground at different latitudes in the UK but did not have any across different longitudes, and, happily for us, we were keen to place these new ones in schools.

2016-09-20


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A researcher from the University of Cambridge is on the Bonavista Peninsula to get a better understanding of what's left of some of the oldest organisms in the history of life on earth. Paleontologist Emily Mitchell is using a hand-held laser to map thousands of large, complex fossils — dating from about 560 million years ago. During the three weeks spent in Newfoundland, Mitchell and her colleagues from Memorial University and the British Geological Survey will have mapped about 4000 fossils.

2016-09-18


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Andrew Bloodworth, director for minerals and waste at the British Geological Survey, said the potential prizes, and environmental pitfalls, of opening the new frontier were considerable.“We have known about these deposits for 30 or 40 years but it’s only relatively recently that you have had this massive increase in demand, and the technology has been available, that people start looking in more difficult areas,” he said.

2016-09-12


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North Korea nuclear testing did not trigger a 5.3 magnitude earthquake – the blast released energy equivalent to what an earthquake of this size would have. A number of reports emerged saying an earthquake has been triggered. But this is not the case. Davie Galloway, a seismologist with the British Geological Survey, told IBTimes UK that explosions appear on seismographs in the same way earthquakes do – but that it is very easy to distinguish between the two.

2016-09-09


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Scottish scientists are among a team of experts travelling to Italy to study aftershocks after the devastating earthquake that killed nearly 300 people there last week.Project leader Dr Margarita Segou, of the BGS, said: “Large earthquakes are always followed by aftershocks, which can severely hamper emergency response and are sources of concern for the displaced population. “The aim of this immediate scientific response is to improve our understanding of aftershock sequences."

2016-08-31


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Scientists find high salt and arsenic concentrations in an aquifer that 750 million people rely on for drinking water and irrigation. “We worked with teams of scientists in Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, and Nepal—who brought together data already being measured in these countries,” said hydrogeologist Alan MacDonald of the British Geological Survey, who led the study. “This was the first time at this scale that these scientists had pooled data across the whole of the aquifer.”

2016-08-31


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Our impact on Earth is now so significant that we should declare an entirely distinct geological epoch - the Anthropocene - according to the Working Group on the Anthropocene (WGA). “Being able to pinpoint an interval of time is saying something about how we have had an incredible impact on the environment of our planet,” Dr Colin Waters, principal geologist at the British Geological Survey and WGA secretary, told The Guardian.

2016-08-31


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As much as 60% of the groundwater in the Indo-Gangetic basin contains salt and arsenic in high concentration, scientists have warned. “With the right treatment, polluted groundwater can be used for irrigation and drinking. However, first we need to know if a tube well has high arsenic concentrations or other pollutants ― so there needs to be good water testing and monitoring,” team leader Alan MacDonald from the British Geological Survey told DH.

2016-08-30


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Part of the toy firm’s new Volcano Explorers campaign, Ruzo will feature in the new sets that are being incorporated into school teaching plans as part of the initiative to encourage kids’ into scientific exploration. LEGO City is also working with the British Geological Survey in a public programme to include volcanology videos, a schools geology competition and inclusion at regional Dynamic Earth events as well as social media targeting.

2016-08-30


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The notion that we have entered a new geological age is real and should be formally recognised, according to an international report. Colin Waters from the British Geological Survey is secretary to the Anthropocene Work Group (AWG). He presented the progress report to the 35th International Geological Congress in South Africa.

2016-08-30


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Experts say human impact on Earth so profound that Holocene must give way to epoch defined by nuclear tests, plastic pollution and domesticated chicken. Prof Colin Waters, principal geologist at the British Geological Survey and WGA secretary, said: “Being able to pinpoint an interval of time is saying something about how we have had an incredible impact on the environment of our planet. The concept of the Anthropocene manages to pull all these ideas of environmental change together.”

2016-08-29


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By Roger Musson,a professional seismologist, writer and broadcaster. He worked for the British Geological Survey for 34 years and is now an independent consultant based in Edinburgh. The news of another strong and deadly earthquake in Italy on Wednesday morning sadly comes as no surprise to seismologists.

2016-08-24


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The earthquake that devastated Italy's historic Umbria region in the early hours of the morning was felt as far away as Croatia and Switzerland. Geologists say the earthquake was caused by the stretching of the Earth's crust due to tectonic activity that is pulling apart the Apennines Dr Brian Baptie, a seismologist at the British Geological Survey, told MailOnline: 'If you look at earthquake history in Italy, most are due to this motion that is stretching this spine of Italy.'

2016-08-24


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A worldwide hunt for a “line in the rock” that shows the beginning of a new geological epoch defined by humanity’s extraordinary impact on planet Earth is expected to get underway in the next few weeks. Dr Colin Waters, secretary of the Anthropocene Working Group who will address the IGC, told The Independent: “The key thing to us is the scale of the changes that have happened. It’s of comparable scale with what happened with the Holocene and the transition from the last ice age.”

2016-08-18


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As drought sweeps many countries in Africa, an initiative led by water NGOs supports the use of underground aquifers. Africa’s subterranean water amounts to an estimated 660,000 cubic kilometres (pdf), according to research from the British Geological Society – more than 100 times the continent’s annual renewable freshwater resources.

2016-08-18


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Scientists used robotic submersibles to dive more than 2,000m beneath the waves to explore four seamounts off the west coast of Scotland. The Deep Links project team, a collaboration between Plymouth University, the University of Oxford, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and the British Geological Survey, spent six weeks at sea onboard the RSS James Cook.

2016-08-09


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A team consisting of 24 geoscientists announced last week that they are speculating the beginning of a new epoch owing to the fact that the actions of human race have brought about drastic changes on Earth. “Humans have long affected the environment, but recently there has been a rapid global spread of novel materials including aluminium, concrete and plastics, which are leaving their mark in sediments,” said Dr Colin Waters from the British Geological Survey.

2016-08-08


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Dr Michael A. Ellis, Science Director of Land, Soil, and Coast at the British Geological Survey outlines the impacts of global warming on the ocean, drawing from both its present state to lessons learned from the past… p.234

2016-08-08

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