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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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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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