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Scientists will investigate how fracking can affect drinking water and its role in earthquake tremors. Professor Michael Stephenson, director of science and technology at the British Geological Survey, which has undertaken four major surveys of the shale resource, said there appeared to be key differences between shale in the UK and in the US, where fracking first took off.

2017-07-05


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A SONIC event has been blamed for rumbling noises and rattling windows last night. British Geological Survey seismologist Davie Galloway confirmed the vibrations were too slow to have been an earthquake. Instead the vibrations were measured to be at the speed of sound, which led to the conclusion that it was likely to have been a sonic event, such as a plane going supersonic.

2017-07-18


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Despite a lot of fine, dry weather in some areas, it was the wettest June on record for Scotland and the sixth wettest June for the UK as a whole. The assessment is contained in the latest monthly hydrological summary for the UK, the most authoritative analysis of water resources status in the country. The monthly summaries are produced by the National Hydrological Monitoring Programme, operated by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology in conjunction with the British Geological Survey.

2017-07-18


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People in the north west Highlands have reported feeling a small earthquake on Sunday morning. British Geological Survey (BGS) recorded a 2.3 magnitude earthquake at Badrallach, a few miles west of Ullapool, at about 09:00. BGS said the reports included descriptions of walls "visibly" shaking and windows rattling.

2017-07-24


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A team of scientists is pursuing an energy source of the future. They have drilled down toward the center of the Earth, stopping short of a chamber of molten magma, a scalding pocket so hot it would melt a lead pipe. They aim to use that heat to power the world. “You have volcanic areas around the world and if we can get more out of it, it might have global implications,” says John Ludden, executive director of the British Geological Survey. “In reality, we may not be that far away.”

2017-07-25