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Pewter
BGS geologists presented their latest research on critical metals at the Geores 2011 Scottish Minerals meeting at Murchison House, in Edinburgh on Tuesday 15 November. The EU and the UK are heavily dependent on imports of many metals. Some of …

2011-11-15


Soil sampling with an auger
The BGS has won a contract from Defra (SP1008) to determine the typical background concentrations of contaminants in soils. The Background Concentrations of Contaminants in Soils (BCCS) Project will use the significant soil chemistry data sets …

2011-11-03


Polyhalite core from the first borehole; ©Sirius Minerals Plc
As part of the process to evaluate a potential potash deposit in North Yorkshire, the BGS has been contracted by York Potash Ltd , a part of Sirius Minerals Plc to characterise core material recovered from a series of six exploration …

2011-11-02


Solar oven
Prospect, the union for over 34 000 engineering and science specialists in government and the private sector have organised the first ever union-led competition at WorldSkills London 2011 event this week at the ExCel Centre in London. Prospect …

2011-10-05


NCCCS logo
On 22 September 2011, CCS TLM Limited and The National Centre for CCS (NCCCS) launched an academy to offer training courses in the vital new area of carbon capture and storage. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between CCS TLM …

2011-09-22


iGeology wins best Community Favourite Mobile App at the ESRI International User Conference
iGeology was voted best Community Favourite Mobile App at the ESRI International User Conference in July 2011. Since its launch in late 2010, iGeology has been downloaded over 60 000 times from 56 countries and was iTunes No. 1 free …

2011-08-03


Professor John Ludden, Executive Director of the BGS
Professor John Ludden, Executive Director of the British Geological Survey, was awarded a Doctor of Science honorary degree by the University of Birmingham on 19 July 2011. John's long list of achievements include: assistant professor in the …

2011-07-28


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


BGS logo
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

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