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Cairngorm corrie
A study involving of BGS Scotland and the University of Dundee, has found evidence that suggests Scotland may have been home to a small glacier within the last 400 years - some 11 000 years less than previously thought.


Science Week
The British Geological Survey will open its doors to the general public for its 12th annual Family Fun Day on Saturday 22 March 2014, between 10am and 4pm.


Piltdown Man Timeline
Staff of the Natural History Museum, the Geological Society , and the British Geological Survey were all involved with Piltdown - from discovery to unmasking. Some have been implicated in the forgery itself.


Environmental Modelling
The Environmental Modelling Directorate (EMD) applies multidisciplinary knowledge to explain, explore and predict the Earth's response to natural and human-induced environmental change.


Water overflow due to flooding
The immediate impact of the exceptional and prolonged rainfall that we have experienced, over much of Britain since late December 2013, has been high river flows and flood alerts as water, unable to infiltrate into saturated ground, runs off into rivers.


Seismic trace
Since mid-December 2013, BGS have recorded 20 small earthquakes in and around New Ollerton, Nottinghamshire.


NERC  Doctoral Training logo
All of our PhDs for 2014 are in collaboration with a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP).


Sir Henry Thomas De la Beche, by William Brockedon, 1842 (© National Portrait Gallery, London).
BGS historian, David Bate, gives a detailed account of how De la Beche founded the world’s first official geological survey organisation; from building on the national-scale maps of William Smith, to looking at De la Beche's influence on other state surveys and his early survey work of the South West of England.


Christmas tree
BGS Site Closures.


Midland Valley mineworkings, showing the deepest workings in orange and red, and shallower workings in green and blue
The British Geological Survey, in partnership with AECOM, has recently (2013) completed a study for the Scottish Government into deep geothermal energy in Scotland.


Assessing the underworld logo
The Assessing the Underworld Launch Event, hosted by BGS on 12 December 2013, will present the final outcomes and findings from the Mapping the Underworld project (MTU).


Banc Dolhelfa landslide, Mid Wales
The Mid Wales Geology Club in association with the Central Wales RIGS Group, carried out a walk over survey of the landslide in Banc Dolhelfa in April 2010.


Tellus South West Survey
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.


Schematic diagram depicting the our straight forward approach to quantifying the morphology of hillslopes.
New methods to study the shape of Earth's surface show that it can offer clues about whether a landscape is growing or decaying.


Wellington boots
The UK experienced several months of above-average rainfall from April to December 2012 making it one of the wettest periods of time for most of the country since meteorological records began.


Hydrological Outlook UK map
Working with partners, we have developed a forecast for river flows and groundwater levels over the coming months – Hydrological Outlook UK.


Mobile icon
If you're using a smartphone, you might notice that some parts of the BGS website are now using to display appropriately on your device and make it easier for you to view the site on the go.


RABT landslide 2013
Following a period of heavy rain, on 3 October 2013 a debris-flow landslide occurred along the A83 Rest and Be Thankful pass (Argyll and Bute, Scotland).


mySoil logo
mySoil is a free app, from the BGS and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, that provides a soil properties map of Britain and Europe.


Borehole core sample
Rock stress data are derived from borehole breakout measurements within boreholes and describe the local stress field.


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