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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 …


BGS Edinburgh
Scientists at the British Geological Survey (BGS) were alerted by their automatic earthquake location software 11 minutes after the earthquake struck Chile. Data has been received by the BGS from all over the world including seismic stations in …


One of the earliest mine plans on record from the Esgair-Hir lead and silver mine in Cardiganshire, dated 1704
As part of ongoing work to create a national Mining Plans Portal, the British Geological Survey (BGS) poses the question: do you have the oldest mine plan in Great Britain?


Photograph of the Great Barrier Reef
British Geological Survey staff set sail on the Great Barrier Reef Environmental Changes Expedition (GBREC). As part of this international research effort, fossil coral reefs will be examined to understand how sea-level changed in the past and …


Photograph of exploration of Curraghinalt gold deposit, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland (BGS©NERC)
The British Geological Survey (BGS) is making its mineral exploration archive available to download for free from This will coincide with the relaunch of the website in early February 2010.


Scientists at the British Geological Survey were alerted by their automatic earthquake location software 10 minutes after the earthquake struck Haiti. The seismic waves from the earthquake took 10 minutes to reach their seismic monitoring …


A overview of a William Smith geological map
How did the son of a blacksmith produce the world's first geological map? The 2009 BGS Christmas Lecture will tell the story of this 19th century pioneering geologist at the headquarters of the modern-day British Geological Survey - with mince pies too!


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