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North Korea nuclear testing did not trigger a 5.3 magnitude earthquake – the blast released energy equivalent to what an earthquake of this size would have. A number of reports emerged saying an earthquake has been triggered. But this is not the case. Davie Galloway, a seismologist with the British Geological Survey, told IBTimes UK that explosions appear on seismographs in the same way earthquakes do – but that it is very easy to distinguish between the two.


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Andrew Bloodworth, director for minerals and waste at the British Geological Survey, said the potential prizes, and environmental pitfalls, of opening the new frontier were considerable.“We have known about these deposits for 30 or 40 years but it’s only relatively recently that you have had this massive increase in demand, and the technology has been available, that people start looking in more difficult areas,” he said.


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A researcher from the University of Cambridge is on the Bonavista Peninsula to get a better understanding of what's left of some of the oldest organisms in the history of life on earth. Paleontologist Emily Mitchell is using a hand-held laser to map thousands of large, complex fossils — dating from about 560 million years ago. During the three weeks spent in Newfoundland, Mitchell and her colleagues from Memorial University and the British Geological Survey will have mapped about 4000 fossils.


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With huge thanks to the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh, we now have a magnetometer in our school, collecting real data about the Earth’s magnetic field strength and uploading it online. They already have some magnetometers buried underground at different latitudes in the UK but did not have any across different longitudes, and, happily for us, we were keen to place these new ones in schools.


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The British Geological Survey has brought a new lease of life to its historic material by putting its water-coloured map sheets online. This online archive gives a fascinating insight into the output of the early Geological Survey.


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Chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis will increase over the next 48 hours, according to space weather watchers. British Geological Survey, Aurorawatch UK and US body Space Weather Prediction Centre have all reported heightened opportunities of spotting the aurora. British Geological Survey (BGS) said: "A very large, centrally located coronal hole has rotated around the Sun's surface so that it is now facing the Earth."