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A treasure trove of new datasets created by a joint-industry project has been released to improve understanding of under-explored parts of the North Sea and Irish Sea. The 21st Century Exploration Roadmap project was undertaken by the Oil and Gas Authority, the British Geological Survey, the UK energy department, Oil and Gas UK and 49 oil company sponsors between November 2014 and May 2016.

2017-04-19


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There are fears a hosepipe ban could be on the horizon after suppliers warned people to be careful of how much water they are using after a particularly dry winter. According to a new study by the British Geological Survey, the majority of Kent and the surrounding areas could be at severe risk of water shortage – as the area is almost entirely dependent on groundwater from rainfall.

2017-04-12


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The UK CCS Research Centre (UKCCSRC) has received £7.6m ($9.4m) in funding to extend its carbon capture and storage (CCS) efforts for a further five years. Three Scottish carbon capture and Storage (SCCS) partner institutes – British Geological Survey, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Strathclyde – will join other project partners from across the UK.

2017-04-11


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Scientists will study the possibility of producing geothermal energy from magma for the first time, in a $100 million project in Iceland, which if successful could produce up to 10 times more energy than from a conventional well. The project is being coordinated by Iceland's Geothermal Research Group and the British Geological Survey, with the participation of 38 institutes and companies from 11 countries including the United States, Canada and Russia.

2017-04-11


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A new interactive toolbox is helping urban planners, practitioners, environmental organisations and researchers across Europe work together to better understand and use the ground beneath our cities. "Our Action has become a database for cities, so everybody has access to all the data and best practices. Additionally, after 4 years of collaboration, Sub-urban created a strong link between researchers and local authorities," adds network leader Dr Seumas Campbell at the British Geological Survey.

2017-04-07


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Geosoft is participating in a pilot project aimed at improving the availability, accessibility and usability of geoscientific data to guide resource investment in the East African region. “We are very encouraged by this pilot initiative and the wide spectrum of geoscience data that will be made available,” said John Ludden Director of BGS.

2017-04-06


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Glasgow City Council is completing case studies to understand how subsurface knowledge can be used to inform Ldp policy and new spatial planning approaches and guidance. The British Geological Survey is working closely with Glasgow and other cities in the UK and internationally to ensure that subsurface data is embedded in the planning process and used to inform urban design and development.

2017-04-06


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Researchers have already theorised the UK was once connected to France via a land bridge. New research reveals clues that a series of geological events probably caused the first break. "The new result definitely gives evidence to catastrophic flooding," said Claire Mellett, a marine geologist at BGS.

2017-04-05


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A two-day workshop organized by the African Union Commission (AUC) in partnership with the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum (UCMP), ended today at Imperial Resort Beach Hotel, Entebbe, Uganda under the theme: “A New Beginning: A collaborative partnering approach towards African Geodata”.

2017-03-24


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SCARBOROUGH got off to a shaky start this year when a 3.8 magnitude earthquake struck. Dave Galloway of the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh told Bill Gibb the Honest Truth about this most powerful of earthly phenomena.

2017-03-24


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Although smartphones contain a host of valuable metals, getting at them is the tricky bit.'A lot of people in the media and policy makers worry about physical exhaustion of metals. This is not really the issue,’ says Andrew Bloodworth from the British Geological Survey.

2017-03-20


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In the UK, about one third of the water that comes out of our taps is sourced from groundwater. After a dry winter, groundwater levels are lower than normal for the time of year, and scientists from the British Geological Survey are keeping a close eye on the situation.

2017-03-14


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Scientists from the British Geological Survey and NRM Laboratories have found a novel way of using soil data to assess soil fertility. Dr Barry Rawlins, who led the research, said: "Because less agricultural lime has been applied to agricultural soils over recent years, we increasingly see natural factors influencing the patterns of soil acidity across England and Wales."

2017-03-11


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Scientists have identified 208 new minerals that owe their existence wholly or in part to humans. The great changes occurring on Planet Earth were being reflected in the mineralogical record, just as they were in the chemistry of the atmosphere and the oceans, said Colin Waters of the British Geological Survey

2017-03-02


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Underneath the Earth's surface lies a wealth of resources. But will the way we currently use them give us problems in the future? Dr Ciaran Beggan, Dr Andrew Barkwith and Dr Caroline Graham at the British Geological Survey (BGS) explain why we need a clearer picture.

2017-02-27


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Scientists are looking to drill a hole into a volcano to try and harness its energy. Embarking on a unique journey, the Iceland Deep Drilling Project (IDDP) plans to exploit the Earth's inner heat, in a bid to power 5,000 homes. Dr. Jonathan Busby, team leader of renewables and energy security at the British Geological Survey, said that this type of energy extraction is good for the environment.

2017-02-15


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An earthquake which hit Colchester and district in 1884 is the largest in British recorded history. National records kept by the British Geological Survey, dating back to one in the Midlands in 1048, indicate six earthquakes have been felt in Colchester.

2017-02-08


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A NEW onshore-offshore bedrock geology map published for the seabed in Dorset will allow better understanding and identification of our coastline, according to scientists. The map of the eastern half of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site was published by the British Geological Survey and the University of Southampton.

2017-02-08


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The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has awarded two contracts for offshore petroleum system-related studies on the UK continental shelf (UKCS) for East Shetland, and the area including the Celtic Sea, off southwest Ireland and the Bristol Channel known as the South West Approaches. Working in collaboration with the 21CXRM Technical Advisory Committee, OGA has awarded the contracts to the British Geological Survey (BGS) and geophysical data modellers Getech for South West Approaches.

2017-02-06


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Of all the things to search for at the beach, I like pebbles best. Admittedly, this may not sound like much of a challenge. Most of the UK coastline is shingle. But, when you start to look closely, there is so much to find. “Pebble hunting is what geologists do on holiday,” Clive Mitchell of the British Geological Survey says approvingly when I ask him to come along and give me some tips.

2017-02-06

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