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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).


Seismic trace
Scientists from 23 countries are meeting in Rome today to establish new systems for the exchange of Earth science data throughout Europe. The European Plate Observing System (EPOS) plans to establish mechanisms through which scientists can gain …


Compass and map
The British Geological Survey have completed an aerial survey to assess the full extent and impact of the floods and landslides in Cornwall on 17 November 2010. High resolution images can be accessed from …


OneGeology-Europe, the first ever multilingual and digital geological map of Europe, is on-line. The new portal provides a comprehensive overview of Europe's subsurface. It improves land use planning at a European level and lets citizens …


Zinc ingots produced at Skorpion Mine, Southern Namibia
Recent news reports which suggest that the world is running out of certain essential metals are just scaremongering say scientists from the British Geological Survey (BGS). The basis for these stories is the idea that we have reached peak metal …


Eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in April 2010
Scientists at the British Geological Survey (BGS) have found evidence in the UK of large ash particles from the Icelandic volcanic eruption in April 2010. This discovery will help improve the modelling of ash plume dispersal from future eruptions.


Amber beads found in a burial site on Boscombe Down
The links between the Stonehenge area and the Mediterranean have been debated for years. Recent research by the British Geological Survey (BGS) suggests people came from both the snow of the Alps and the heat of the Mediterranean to visit Stonehenge.


Open Day at Murchison House
2010 marks the 175th birthday of the British Geological Survey. To mark this event, the BGS Edinburgh office at Murchison House is opening its doors to the public from 10am to 5pm to showcase its science as part of this year's Scottish Geology …


Magnified image of Gaodolinite
The British Geological Survey today released a profile on rare earth elements. This comes amidst increasing concerns over the security of supply for natural resources, especially for high tech electronic, military and environmental applications.


Carbon dioxide molecules
Sandstone rocks deep beneath the Moray Firth are being examined for the storage of carbon dioxide emissions. This is the first time a consortium of the Scottish Government and industry has funded (£290k) a study to test the suitability of a …


Soufriere Hills Volcano , Montserrat
Aerial photographs of the ash plume from the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland have been released by the British Geological Survey (BGS). British geologists took the pictures whilst on the last flight from Reykjavik to Glasgow …


Specially designed fork-lift trucks are used to manage over 100km of drill core stored at BGS
A debate will take place in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday March 25th on the re-location to Nottingham of the UK continental shelf hydrocarbon cores and data currently housed at Gilmerton, Edinburgh. The motion, proposed by Mr Mike Pringle …


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