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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 …


Manchester and the Lower Mersey Corridor
The aim of this project is to model the ground conditions and natural hazards within this urban setting by integrating modern surface geological mapping and other geo-environmental information with subsurface borehole data.


BGS Risk List 2011 Pie Chart
A new supply risk index for chemical elements or element groups which are of economic value The risk list gives a quick indication of the relative risk in 2011 to the supply of the chemical elements or element groups which we need to maintain …


Screen shot showing the landforms map.
During the last ice age the island of Anglesey in north-west Wales lay beneath a thick ice sheet that flowed down the Irish Sea. After the ice melted away it left a distinctive footprint on Anglesey in the form of gently rolling landforms and …


OpenGeoscience logo
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.


Gravity data sample
Gravity and magnetic surveys involve measuring the Earth s gravitational and magnetic fields using highly sensitive instruments. These Potential Field measurements can be made on the Earth surface, both on land and the sea bottom, from ships or …


Glacier in Iceland
Glaciologists and Earth scientists are increasingly using a technique known as micromorphology to study the sediments (gravel, sand and mud) left behind as after a glacier or ice sheet has melted away.


Our citizen science programme encourages volunteers to record observations about temporary geological exposures - GeoExposures - or geological hazards (such as a landslide or flooding event).


Studying Japan tsunami sediments
BGS scientists visited north-east Japan in May and June to study the area devastated by the tsunami caused by the Great Tohoku earthquake of 11 March 2011. During the most recent trip in June, the BGS team carried out further research on the …


Digital geological map
The digital products pages have been updated, consolidated and simplified, which includes the 2011 Radon map for Scotland. More about the BGS digital products pages


Geophysical map
The subsurface of the East Midlands region has been intensively explored by boreholes and seismic surveys on account of its rich resources of coal and hydrocarbons. This memoir is based on an exhaustive use of such data, acquired during seven …


Seismic trace
On 27 June 2011 a tsunami was reported in South West England, between Penzance and Portsmouth, along approximately 200 miles of coastline. However, the tsunami was not geological in origin. It was probably caused by a meteorological effect, …


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