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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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MORE than 45 national and regional Geological Survey Organizations (GSOs) from over 30 European countries, including the British Geological Survey (BGS), have joined forces to launch the Horizon 2020 ERA‐NET co-fund action ‘Establishing the European Geological Surveys research area to deliver a geological service for Europe (GeoERA)’, which has just begun and will complete in 2021.

2017-02-04


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Geospatial data forms the foundation of mining. The rapidly evolving innovations in the geomatics sector are bringing previously unforeseen opportunities that will provide a major boost, both to mining surveyors and the mining industry as a whole. In 2013, Vale entered into a partnership with the British Geological Survey, which has played a major role in the use of virtual reality in mining.

2017-02-01


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THE UK could be hit by a strong earthquake at any moment, according to a top seismologist who has warned which areas are more likely to be struck than others. An earthquake as high as 6.1 on the Richter Scale has hit Great Britain in the past and David Galloway of the British Geological Society said it could happen again. The seismologist told Express.co.uk: “There are 200 earthquakes [in the UK] every year. Only two per month are of a reasonable size felt by people on the street.

2017-01-28


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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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