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Recent centuries have seen a big jump in the rates of erosion in the iconic chalk cliffs on England's south coast. A new study finds that for thousands of years the rocks were being beaten back by the waves at perhaps 2-6cm a year. The research, led from the British Geological Survey and conducted by Martin Hurst and colleagues, is reported in the leading American journal, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


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The Scottish government wants the public to say whether the controversial oil and gas extraction technique - known as fracking - should take place in Scotland. To help people decide, it commissioned a number of expert reports. Understanding and monitoring induced seismic activity (By the British Geological Survey)


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Seven houses were evacuated after a sinkhole "with an unknown depth" appeared in gardens. After the 2014 partial house collapse, the British Geological Survey (BGS) said gypsum under the town had dissolved to form a maze-like cave system. It said in a report that sinkholes appeared in Ripon every two or three years in the 1980s and 1990s but there had not been any reported in the seven years before the 2014 event.


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A large hole that appeared behind a row of houses was in one of the UK's most susceptible areas for sinkholes, the British Geological Survey has said. Experts are still examining data from the site behind the houses in Magdalen's Road but, releasing its initial findings, the BGS said sinkholes were often caused by surface water penetrating the ground, or fluctuations in groundwater levels.


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Agencies investigating a giant sinkhole in Ripon are looking at temporary solutions which might allow residents to return to affected homes. A spokesperson for Harrogate Borough Council stated: “An assessment of the ground conditions by the British Geological Survey on Friday (November 11) ascertained that the sinkhole remains a risk, and there is the potential for further slippage around the hole.