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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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A HUGE earthquake hit a mountainous region in central Italy this morning, just days after the area was hit by two other earthquakes. The British Geological Survey (BGS) said that an "earthquake belt runs north-south through the Apennine Mountains along the spine of Italy".BGS earthquake seismologist Dr Margarita Segou said that the latest earthquake is thought to have been “triggered” by the deadly 6.2 magnitude earthquake in August.

2016-10-30


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Cornwall has been struck by a 2.3 magnitude earthquake, with the centre of the quake at Liskeard. Kirstin Lemon, of the British Geological Survey, said the quake of this size was unusual for Cornwall adding that scientists hoped to have more details soon.

2016-10-27


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A “PIONEERING” research centre for earth and marine science officially opened at a Scottish university.The £21 million Lyell Centre, at Heriot-Watt in Edinburgh, brings together the expertise of the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the university’s academic work to ensure future generations of researchers can meet the “global science and technology challenges facing the world”.

2016-10-19


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Earthquakes have the power to shake cities to the ground, yet in the UK about 200 a year rumble under our feet mostly unnoticed. "Herefordshire experiences a lot of earthquakes compared to other areas," says David Galloway, seismologist at the British Geological Survey (BGS).

2016-10-18


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Landmark Information Group enhance flood risk analysis with GeoSmart’s 5m groundwater dataset. GeoSmart’s groundwater data uses LIDAR and topography data, which delivers a true 3D view of how groundwater risk varies and migrates across a site through different terrain and slope profiles. Additional supporting base data from the British Geological Survey (BGS), together with historic flood events offers a greater granularity of risk classification boundaries.

2016-10-11


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More than three years since the Government vowed to unleash an energy revolution by exploiting shale gas from the rocks deep beneath the north of England, it now looks as though Britain is finally on the verge of getting fracking. In June 2013, the British Geological Survey estimated that some 1,300 trillion cubic feet of gas could be trapped within those shale rocks.

2016-10-07


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A hypnotic new animation from Nasa’s Solar Dynamics Observatory reveals the massive arches over the sun’s surface as solar material spews along magnetic field lines. The British Geological Survey, Aurorawatch UK and US body Space Weather Prediction Centre all reported heightened opportunities of spotting the aurora, because a hole in the sun's outer layer is facing Earth.

2016-10-05


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Today sees the launch of ‘Unearthed: Impacts of the Tellus surveys of the north of Ireland’, a book showcasing outputs from the most significant geoscience project ever conducted across the island of Ireland. Published by the Royal Irish Academy, and produced in partnership with the Geological Survey of Ireland, the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland and the British Geological Survey, the book presents findings from the first two stages of Tellus.

2016-10-05


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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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