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Architect's impression of the new Lyell Centre
On the 21st January 2015 a ground breaking ceremony heralded the start of the £20m Lyell Centre at Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh Campus. The Centre will be the Scottish headquarters for the British Geological Survey (BGS) as well as a major joint BGS/Heriot-Watt University research centre for geological, petroleum and marine sciences.

2015-01-26


Monitoring and testing future energy in the UK
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne last week announced that the Government will allocate £31 million of funding to create world-class subsurface research test centres through the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

2015-01-19


Monitoring of methane in groundwater
The British Geological Survey (BGS) plans to expand its existing national environmental monitoring programmes by carrying out independent detailed research in areas of the UK that may see shale gas exploration and production. In a UK first, this will include independent monitoring during hydraulic fracturing ('fracking') subject to planning approvals at two proposed shale gas exploration sites in Lancashire. All results of this research will be open and made freely available to the public.

2015-01-15


Geomagnetic field chart
A new set of charts predicting the Earth’s magnetic field for the next five years have been released by the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

2014-12-18


G-BASE south-west map example
The British Geological Survey’s G-BASE project is proud to announce the release of geochemical data for the south-west of England

2014-12-11


Oil rig
Experts are to advise Scottish Government that fuel poverty, which already affects 27% of Scottish households, could be significantly reduced if steps are taken to tackle poor maintenance in traditional buildings.

2014-12-01


Vibrocore in the North Sea
The British Geological Survey (BGS) has today published an online database of freely viewable and downloadable Marine Geoscience Data, available through the Offshore GeoIndex, covering the whole UK Continental Shelf.

2014-11-14


DMQ cover
The British Geological Survey (BGS) has just released the 10th edition of the Directory of Mines and Quarries (DMQ 2014). This invaluable directory contains information on over 2000 mineral workings and related mineral handling sites operating in 2014. This is available as a free download from the BGS website and as a printed book.

2014-11-13


3D Visualisation Suite
A unique new degree in Environmental Geoscience has been launched at The University of Nottingham in collaboration with the world-renowned British Geological Survey.

2014-10-17


Example of a published map
The British Geological Survey (BGS) has today released high resolution scans of over 6000 geological maps which were previously published on paper. The "BGS Maps Portal" provides free to view small and medium scale maps produced by the BGS since geological mapping began in 1832. The Maps Portal includes the recent 1:50,000 mapping of England, Wales and Scotland, geochemical and geophysical maps and also historical maps.

2014-10-07


Landslide at Burton Bradstock
Research carried out by scientists at the British Geological Survey, in association with the University of Rhode Island and the University of Tokyo, has revealed that a submarine landslide contributed to the enormity of the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

2014-10-01


Carbon dioxide molecules
This week in Nature Climate Change an international team of scientists have published results of the first ever sub-sea carbon dioxide impact, detection and monitoring experiment relevant to Carbon dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS) in sub-seabed storage reservoirs.

2014-09-29


BGS Edinburgh Open Day
The British Geological Survey (BGS) in Edinburgh invite you to their Doors Open Day where scientists and support staff will be demonstrating their experiments, exhibits and equipment on Saturday 27th September 2014. This is the last Open Doors day at Murchison House, the Scottish HQ of the BGS for over 30 years, as staff leave for their new office at the Riccarton Campus of Heriot-Watt in 2016. Murchison will be open to the public from 10am to 5pm as part of this year’s event.

2014-09-25


Carbon dioxide molecules
Every year, the British Science Festival takes to a different city to unveil the mysteries of science, engineering and technology to children and adults alike. This year, scientists from across the UK will be lifting the lid on carbon capture and storage (CCS), a technology that can gather the greenhouse gas, CO2, from power plants and store it deep underground.

2014-09-03


Minecraft screenshot
The British Geological Survey (BGS) has reproduced the geology of mainland Great Britain and surrounding islands within the world of Minecraft. Inspired by the Ordnance Survey (OS) map released a year ago, this map shows the OS map data on the surface and the real geology beneath, right down to the bedrock. You’ll be able to look over the white cliffs of Dover, climb to the top of Ben Nevis and scour over the ancient volcanoes of the Scottish Isles.

2014-08-27


BGS Research Fellowship Programme
A recent study by the British Geological Survey, in association with researchers at the University of Leicester, has delved into the bone and tooth chemistry of King Richard III and uncovered fascinating new details about the life and diet of Britain’s last Plantagenet king

2014-08-17


iHydrogeology icon
The British Geological Survey (BGS) in partnership with The Environment Agency (EA) have today, for the first time, published a series of maps which show the depth to each shale gas and oil source rock below principal groundwater aquifers in England and Wales. Understanding the distance between the two is important when assessing the environmental risks of shale gas and oil exploitation.

2014-07-03


Phase transition © iStockphoto.com/Grasko
The British Geological Survey (BGS) in association with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has completed an estimate for the amount of shale gas and oil in the Midland Valley of Scotland.

2014-06-30


Weald Basin Study Area
The British Geological Survey (BGS) in association with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has completed an estimate for the amount of shale oil and shale gas in the Weald Basin in south-east England. The estimate is in the form of a range to reflect geological uncertainty. The range of shale oil in place is estimated to be between 2.20 and 8.57 billion barrels (bbl) or 293 and 1,143 million tonnes, but the central estimate for the resource is 4.4 billion bbl...

2014-05-23


TellusGb logo
The Tellus South West survey project proudly launches its new maps and data on the 20th May at the Holiday Inn, Plymouth. The project has mapped the soils, rocks, landscape and ecology of Devon and Cornwall to unprecedented depth and detail. The maps and data can be freely downloaded online, and provide the counties with world-leading information on their natural resources, landscape and environment that will be used by businesses, government and scientists for many years to come.

2014-05-19

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