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mySoil logo
Scientists have produced a new free map app of the soils of Great Britain. The app, my Soil, also enables the general public to upload information about the soil where they live, helping to improve our knowledge about the properties of soils …


Photograph of the William Smith Building
Three billion years of Earth's history squeezed into a 130-metre-long stone concourse, every step bringing you 25 million years closer to the present day. The new Geological Walk at the British Geological Survey (BGS), one of the Natural …


Exploration for oil
You are probably aware that the UK is an active member of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) but has never participated as a member of the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP). As geologists and geoscientists …


Geological stopwatch
New research has revealed that some events in Earth's history happened more recently than previously thought. Scientists from the British Geological Survey and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, publishing this week in the journal …


Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) diagram
A new digital map of the UK, aimed at helping planners, developers and local authorities reduce urban flooding, is released today by the British Geological Survey (BGS).


Since 1982, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has been instrumental in making the council, residents and central government aware of the ground stability problems that affect parts of Ripon. The BGS are aware that the Auction Mart site, North …


Following recent observations of solar activity there is an increased risk of a geomagnetic storm from 24-JAN-2012 to 25-JAN-2012. An energetic M-class solar flare erupted on the Sun earlier today. This was associated with a coronal mass …


A treasure trove of fossils including plant specimens collected by Charles Darwin, have been rediscovered. The fossils, which have been lost for 165 years, were unearthed in an old cabinet at the British Geological Survey's vast fossil …


The BGS has received information from the Media, the Police and several residents in towns and villages in Northumberland and Tyne & Wear, who reported that they felt an event sometime around 15:15 UTC today. Reports described 'the front door …


Baseline groundwater sampling
The British Geological Survey is undertaking a new project to establish the baseline of methane levels in groundwater throughout the UK. Evidence from the USA has shown very high methane concentrations in groundwater in areas of shale gas …


Assorted metals
In response to growing unease over supply of critical metals for high-tech manufacturing and green technologies, the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the University of Exeter have agreed to join forces in a new initiative to improve research …


White Ribbon
The British Geological Survey's Scottish headquarters at Murchison House, Edinburgh is holding its annual open day on Saturday 24 September 2011. It will be open to the public from 10am to 5pm to showcase its science as part of this year's …


Tin ingot
To coincide with the British Science Festival, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has today released a new ' Risk List 2011 which ranks the risk to global supply of chemical elements of economic value. The list highlights vulnerable elements …


Dr Rui Pinho, GEM Secretary General and Professor John Ludden, BGS Executive Director
Over half a million people have died in the last decade due to earthquakes, most of these in the developing world where risk is increasing due to rapid population growth and urbanisation. The devastating impact of earthquakes has been at the …


Dark coloured tantalite, Minas Gerais, Brazil (c) Rob Lavinksy, CC-BY-SA-3.0
A new guide to niobium and tantalum has been published by the British Geological Survey (BGS) on its website. These little-known metals have some unique properties which make them essential ingredients in a wide range of …


Sampling at the O2, Greenwich, London
The largest environmental survey of London's soils has just been completed by scientists at the British Geological Survey (BGS). The survey was carried out to provide baseline information for over 50 chemical elements. It will enable local …


The British Geological Survey (BGS) says all the ingredients are coming together for aurora sightings over the next few days. This is due to the largest solar storm in 4 years which could result in possible space weather impacts in the UK. This …


Tungsten-bearing vein, Carrock Fell mine, Lake District, Cumbria [P220208] (C)NERC
A new guide to tungsten has been published by the British Geological Survey (BGS) on its website. Tungsten is highly valued because of its hardness and heat resistance and the UK has the potential to become a significant …


BGS have received several reports from Skye, Mull, Inverness and Oban of a felt event this morning at around 06:00 UTC. One report described I was awakened by noise and vibration in my bedroom . An earthquake of this size and depth might be …


Rock salt (Halite)
Rock salt 'grit' is vital for keeping our road traffic moving in icy weather. What is it made of? Where does it come from? And, how much is there? All this and more is answered by the British Geological Survey (BGS).


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