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Overall map of radon potential in Scotland (Crown copyright)
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) and the British Geological Survey have produced a new radon map of Scotland using the latest digital mapping techniques. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that seeps up from the ground and is the …

2011-07-22


Rock wall carved by mining equipment
Four BGS authors were each awarded a Jubilee Medal of the Geological Society of South Africa (2010) for their work on The geology and geochemistry of the East African Orogen in Northeastern Mozambique . The medal is awarded for the best paper …

2011-07-18


Wayne Shelley (left) and Richard Waite (Esri UK)
The BGS received a Highly Commended award for iGeology at the Esri UK 2011 GIS Vision Awards. The award was presented to Wayne Shelley, lead developer, for the free App that offers geological maps at 1:50 000 scale. iGeology , available for …

2011-06-24


CO2 molecule
BGS, as part of the European CO2GeoNet Association, has joined CGS Europe - a three-year EC FP7 programme Coordination Action on geological storage of CO 2 . The project, launched in November 2010, is based on networking between 34 research …

2011-06-22


Mud cracks, photo by Tomas Castelazo (Own work) CC-BY-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), via Wikimedia Commons
Groundwater scientists in BGS are watching groundwater levels across the country closely. A relatively dry winter and a very dry early spring in many parts of the UK mean that groundwater levels are low in some areas. But will there be a …

2011-04-28


Signing the MOU
On 15 April 2011 a six-person delegation from the China Earthquake Administration (CEA), led by the CEA's Vice Administrator, Mr. Liu Yuchen, visited BGS Edinburgh to extend the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between BGS and CEA agreed in …

2011-04-20


3D UK map
After two years of hard work the GSI3D team is extremely proud to announce the 2011 version of GSI3D. Download a demo version from gsi3d.org.uk/downloads The software will start in demonstrator mode which allows the construction of models with …

2011-04-01


Mr Dmytro Mormul and Prof John Ludden
The Ukrainian State Geological Research Institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MU) with BGS on 3 March 2011 at the Keyworth office. Photograph: Mr Dmytro Mormul, Ukraine Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources (left) and Prof …

2011-03-04


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BGS Executive Director, Prof John Ludden, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Mike Patterson as Director of Corporate Strategy as of 1 April 2011. Mike is skilled in business and in operations at a senior level and at the same time …

2011-02-25


Aurora
Since 13 February three energetic solar flares have occurred and coronal mass ejections (CMEs) are heading towards the Earth. One flare (01:15, 15 Feb) is the largest in over four years. We need to go back to the 13 Dec 2006 to find a bigger …

2011-02-15


Data for the Isle of Wight
BGS release new versions of their existing portfolio of 1: 50 000 and 1:10 000 datasets DiGMapGB-50 (version 6) DiGMapGB-10 (update to version 2) GeoSure (version 6) — including the GeoSure Insurance Product Geological Indicators of …

2011-01-14


Cores on display
Scheduling of cores and samples currently being used for academic research The transfer of UKCS cores and samples from Gilmerton to Keyworth is planned to commence shortly. The cores will be transferred essentially in the order that they were …

2011-01-06


Soufriere Hills Volcano, Montserrat
MBE New Year Honours for David Ovadia, Director of International, for services to science. David said I am delighted - it is an honour and recognition not just of me but also of BGS and especially of my colleagues who have contributed to the …

2010-12-31


Yes logo
A team of four from the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (GSNI) 'Paul Wilson, Melanie Wrigley, Claire McGinn and Orla Gallagher' have come second in the NERC Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (YES) competition. The team presented a …

2010-12-20


Sue Ferns collecting WorldSkills UK 2010 Competition Award
Scientists' union Prospect has won the World Skills UK Partner of the Year award for the union's work in developing an environmental science competition. The competition is aimed at young people who have an interest in sustainable natural …

2010-12-17


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The BGS Groundwater Science and Minerals and Waste research programmes have just achieved accreditation by LWEC (Living with Environmental Change) . LWEC is a major interdisciplinary research and policy partnership to tackle environmental …

2010-12-15


Callouses caused by excessive Arsenic in the water supply
Research involving scientists from the British Geological Survey provides more evidence for the links between an easily accessible water supply and good health. The research published in PLoS Medicine is a collaboration between medical doctors …

2010-11-26


Hungary red mud tide mark on a tree
A team of geoscientists from the British Geological Survey (BGS) flew to Hungary in November to help with the clean-up after the red mud spill from a reservoir at an alumina plant, Ajka, western Hungary. The BGS team (Dr David Ovadia, Dr Gary …

2010-11-15


Sunset over Skalafellsjokull, Iceland.
BGS has been awarded a NERC research grant (in partnership with University of Sussex ) under its Technologies Proof of Concept Call . This grant will help us to develop new prototype technology for the non-invasive imaging of permafrost …

2010-11-03


Borehole drilling
BGS has conducted a study of the UK's onshore unconventional hydrocarbon prospectivity, which is continuing. Interim results were presented at the 7th Petroleum conference on NW Europe in March 2009 and this is now due to be published by the …

2010-10-27

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