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Shale Gas Project
Exploration and production of shale gas from onshore UK requires the operator to obtain licenses from the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). The operator must also meet a number of strict regulatory requirements set by the …


Geoscholar data for the Isle of Wight
The BGS is a data-rich organisation with over 400 datasets in its care including environmental monitoring data, digital databases, physical collections (borehole core, rocks, minerals and fossils), records and archives. Search our data …


Recently, a collection of 'unregistered fossil plants' was found in one of the Survey's windowless vaults in Keyworth, in central England. These comprise hundreds of beautiful thin sections of fossil wood dating from the early nineteenth …


Geophysical baselines
The project undertakes the maintenance and delivery of non-seismic UK geophysical data together with relevant research on geoscientific, environmental and resource applications.


The BGS is working with industry and academia to develop geoscience tools for strategic railway planning and performance monitoring that includes: Route evaluation and infrastructure assessment Research and partnerships Published research …


Porthkerry rockfall
At around 22:30 on Monday 31 October 2011 a rock fall occurred on the sea cliff at the Porthkerry Leisure Park, a static caravan site, near Barry, South Wales.


Wren s Nest
The Digital Integrated Stratigraphy Project (DISP) is a web-based, open access, digital resource for stratigraphy. The project aims to eliminate stratigraphic ambiguity associated with sample position within a stratigraphic section. More about …


The Katla volcanic system, in southern Iceland, comprises a central volcano and a fissure system. It is partly covered by the Mýrdalsjökull ice cap, which infills the c. 650 m-deep summit caldera. Katla is one of Iceland s more active …


Field sampling
The aim of this study is to investigate the role of scale on soil moisture.


Soil Sampling
G-BASE geochemical samples can be displayed in Google Earth using KML files. Information downloaded from the BGS corporate Geochemistry Database is converted into standardised data files, classified by country (England, Wales, Scotland and N. …


BGS Shale Gas Project
BGS capability ranges across a wide area of shale gas research, from prospectivity assessment and shale fracture analysis to materials-testing and hydrological impact assessment. More about the BGS Shale Gas Project


Our citizen science programme encourages volunteers to record observations about temporary geological exposures - GeoExposures - or geological hazards (such as a landslides or flooding). You don t have to be a qualified scientist to post …


Glass of water
We provide long-term groundwater-related capability in the hydrosciences for the benefit of the UK, and internationally. Our research addresses issues related to the sustainability of water resources and quality , the impacts of environmental …


Sampling a borehole on Port Meadow, near Oxford, using a peristaltic pump.
We are investigating how the biogeochemical processes operating in floodplain environments might affect the concentrations of groundwater contaminants from urban environments reaching surface water courses. More about Floodplains and their role …


Hell's Mouth, Cornwall
Richard Hocking and Brian O'Connell, engineers at Cornwall Council, filmed this large rock slide/fall near Hell's Mouth on the Cornish coast between Portreath and St. Ives.


Quantitative groundwater map for Africa
Groundwater provides most of the domestic water supply in rural Africa and supports poverty reduction through irrigation. Reliance on groundwater is likely to increase as rainfall becomes more variable and demand for water becomes greater. …


Tower Bridge, London
Developing a dynamic geoenvironmental model for the London area to address the anomalous ground conditions of the biggest development programme in the UK for over 50 years.


Screenshot of BGS mobile
Try the new BGS mobile site - beta test version. Enter the address as below: or Try the new optimised site on your smartphone or internet enabled phone and send any feedback to the BGS webmaster .


Water drop
Search our recent groundwater-related reports and publications.


Shallow temperature field in Britain
The BGS have published some new analyses on the likely temperatures to be found at borehole depths in Britain between 100 and 1000 m. Accessing heat from the ground is set to become increasing important as renewable heat plays an ever …


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