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Katla volcano
Updated research area pages as well as some new additions:


The BGS earthquakes website has been updated to house more information on the home page and on the earthquakes 'section' there is a new Google map showing the most recent earthquakes in the UK with links through to detailed information.


The BGS Geological Timechart provides colourful reference material, for use in schools, colleges and the home, setting out the geological timescale and geochronological terms we use at the British Geological Survey.


Geological walk
You can now view the rocks along the Walk on our updated interactive geological map.


Tellus SW logo
The British Geological Survey (BGS) is carrying out a low-level airborne geophysical survey of the South West of England as part of the Tellus South West Project.


Quarrymen preparing blocks of granite building stone at Rubislaw Quarry, Aberdeenshire, BGS©NERC
BGS has provided building stone services since its inception in 1835. Today, the BGS Building Stones Team provides specialist information and advice on building stones, quarries and building conservation to clients in all parts of the UK.


Glacier in Iceland
The BGS hosted an Ice in the Greenhouse exhibition at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition from 2-7 July.


Some of the BGS  map layers  are under the Advanced tab of the  Map   under Land: GBR Bedrock/Superficial/Artificial.
Scotland's Environment Web brings together environmental data, information and reports, from known and trusted sources.


Tank models
Over 3000 people attended the BGS Open Day on 8 June 2013 and as part of the day's activities the BGS Landslides Team presented a series of geohazards as ‘tank models’.


Multibeam data from the North Basin of Windermere (looking north). Red colours indicate shallow areas and blue colours indicate deep water.
A new multibeam bathymetric survey was undertaken in Windermere in September 2010; further fieldwork was carried out in June 2011 and April 2012, including the collection of sediment samples from the lake bed and underwater video.


Geomagnetic storm of 17 March 2013.
In an effort to help protect the UK National Grid from space weather, scientists from the British Geological Survey (BGS) are carrying out the first programme of long-term continuous measurement of the background electric field.


Eileen Guppy
'Pioneers of the British Geological Survey' is a series of web pages, one page per staff member, giving a fascinating insight into the careers of the members of staff who served in the organisation during the first hundred years of its existence.


Sampling methane
BGS/DECC has completed an estimate for the resource (gas-in-place) of shale gas in part of central Britain


A subscription-based web-view service to the full national coverage of the Infiltration SuDS Map.


Photo Booth at the BGS Open Day
We hope you enjoyed your visit to the BGS Open Day. Find your Photo Booth pictures here.


Geological walk map
You can now browse interactive maps to learn more about the rocks on the Geological Walk. A mobile version is also available.


Chalcedony Photomicrograph
The petrological thin sections (microscope slides) are being imaged (plane and cross polarized light) and progressively linked to the BGS Rock Collections, mineralogy and petrology collection, database.


The BGS Environmental Modelling Platform
The concept of an Environment Modelling Platform (EMP) was a radical change for BGS when it was included as a goal in 2009 - 2014 strategy. It highlighted the necessity for making all BGS science and data accessible both internally and to our users.


Scotland’s Environment Web map
On 15 May, 25 BGS map layers were added to Scotland’s Environment Web portal along with an additional 74 from other contributing organisations, to provide a comprehensive gateway to Scotland's environmental data.


Collecting a stream sediment sample using a 150 µm nylon sieve.
The Nigerian Geochemical Mapping Project was funded by the World Bank through the Nigerian Sustainable Management of Mineral Resources Project (SMMRP) to give technical assistance to the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA) to carry out a national programme of geochemical mapping.


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