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Earth’s huge store of water might have originated via chemical reactions in the mantle. That’s the upshot of a computer simulation of reactions in Earth’s upper mantle between liquid hydrogen and quartz, the most common and stable form of silica in this part of the planet. “These results provide important insights into the reactions between quartz and hydrogen at high pressures,” says John Ludden, executive director of the British Geological Survey.

2017-01-27


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A consortium of experts from India, Italy and Britain have selected Darjeeling-East Sikkim and Nilgiris for studies to develop tools and services aiding early warning systems and improving resilience to landslides in India. The programme christened 'LANDSLIP' comprises scientists from 9 organisations and is led by Helen Reeves from the British Geological Survey. "It will provide new knowledge and information on landslide risk reduction in India and South Asia."

2017-01-20


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The daily U.S. economic cost from solar storm-induced electricity blackouts could be in the tens of billions of dollars, according to a new paper published in Space Weather, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, co-authored by researchers from British Geological Survey.

2017-01-19


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He was part of the team credited with putting carbon capture and storage (CCS) on the government’s policy map. But with the UK’s CCS plans stalling, Prof Michael Stephenson tells Evelyn Adams we need to take stock of our options for tackling climate change.

2017-01-16


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Can't seem to stop picking up pebbles? You're not alone – although it can sometimes feel that way. Here are a few situations that all pebble collectors will be able to identify with. Geologist Clive Mitchell from the British Geological Survey recommends tools for your next rock-finding mission.

2017-01-11


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Research in the Scottish Borders has produced some amazing finds - and suggests that our view of the fossil record needs a rethink. The TW:eed project (Tetrapod World: early evolution and diversification)includes researchers from the National Museum of Scotland, Universities of Leicester, Cambridge and Southampton, and the British Geological Survey. TW:eed have now successfully bored and logged two cores through hundreds of metres of solid Tournaisian rock.

2017-01-11


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Most barely noticed the tremor that struck on Tuesday evening, despite it being one of the biggest to hit the UK in almost a decade. The British Geological Survey (BGS) said the tremor was “barely perceptible” because it took place 11 miles beneath the North Sea, and about 90 miles away from Scarborough.

2017-01-04


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In a new study led by the University of Sussex, geoscientists from the British Geological Survey and the Technical University of Munich reveal that using a micro-seismic technique, which detects tiny earthquakes which cause cracks in the rock, alongside modern electrical imaging technology, which measures rock mass, would provide scientists with much earlier warnings of potential rock falls.

2016-12-19


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Scientists from a range of disciplines will come together this January to undertake the first ever coordinated sampling of the major rivers in Great Britain to look for soil derived organic carbon. NERC has commissioned the major new program, LOCATE (Land Ocean Carbon Transfer) which involves the BGS.

2016-12-16


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Experts now believe the government should consider adding tsunamis to the National Risk Register of Civil Emergencies. Professor David Tappin of the British Geological Survey said knowing more about how disasters happen is crucial to national security.He said: “If you plan for such events before you start building, you can protect against them.”

2016-12-05


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The British Geological Survey has just launched the Africa Groundwater Atlas at a major water conference in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Funded by DFID/NERC/ESRC’s UPGro research program, the Atlas is a gateway to groundwater informati

2016-12-05


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Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) has launched a new information film (on YouTube), providing an insight in to its work to find a permanent, safe solution to managing the UK’s most radioactive waste. This includes ongoing work with the British Geological Survey to bring together what is known about the geology of the UK and to understand how this will impact on the ability of an area to host the GDF.

2016-12-05


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Skeletons found during an archaeological dig in Leicester could be the first example of African people living in the city.York Osteoarchaeology Ltd., the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC) and the British Geological Survey (BGS) have also been involved in the excavation and analysis.

2016-12-03


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Kenya is in talks with former colonial master Britain to access crucial geological data, Mining secretary Dan Kazungu has said. Following talks with BGS Director John Ludden Kenya will collaborate on geological data sharing, research and training.

2016-12-01


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Two years after the Stone’s return to Scotland, permission was given for British Geological Survey staff to conduct a technical examination of the Stone. The survey team carried out the works locked inside the Crown Room of Edinburgh Castle. The geological results were conclusive and confirmed that the Stone was made from Old Red Sandstone quarried in the vicinity of Scone.

2016-11-30


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Agencies investigating a giant sinkhole in Ripon are looking at temporary solutions which might allow residents to return to affected homes. A spokesperson for Harrogate Borough Council stated: “An assessment of the ground conditions by the British Geological Survey on Friday (November 11) ascertained that the sinkhole remains a risk, and there is the potential for further slippage around the hole.

2016-11-15


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A large hole that appeared behind a row of houses was in one of the UK's most susceptible areas for sinkholes, the British Geological Survey has said. Experts are still examining data from the site behind the houses in Magdalen's Road but, releasing its initial findings, the BGS said sinkholes were often caused by surface water penetrating the ground, or fluctuations in groundwater levels.

2016-11-12


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Seven houses were evacuated after a sinkhole "with an unknown depth" appeared in gardens. After the 2014 partial house collapse, the British Geological Survey (BGS) said gypsum under the town had dissolved to form a maze-like cave system. It said in a report that sinkholes appeared in Ripon every two or three years in the 1980s and 1990s but there had not been any reported in the seven years before the 2014 event.

2016-11-10


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The Scottish government wants the public to say whether the controversial oil and gas extraction technique - known as fracking - should take place in Scotland. To help people decide, it commissioned a number of expert reports. Understanding and monitoring induced seismic activity (By the British Geological Survey)

2016-11-08


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Recent centuries have seen a big jump in the rates of erosion in the iconic chalk cliffs on England's south coast. A new study finds that for thousands of years the rocks were being beaten back by the waves at perhaps 2-6cm a year. The research, led from the British Geological Survey and conducted by Martin Hurst and colleagues, is reported in the leading American journal, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

2016-11-07

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