This months' news and articles featuring BGS science and scientists.
Wed, 12 June 2013
THE UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has awarded £3.3m (US$5.1m) to scientists working on storing CO2 underneath the North Sea... The largest funding award went to Imperial College London, which is collaborating with Heriot-Watt University, Cardiff University, the University of Leeds and NERC British Geological Survey.
Wed, 12 June 2013
Issues such as safety, visual appearance, environmental protection and future use will be incorporated into a quarry design before plans are submitted. Designs for quarries, and the plans for their restoration, are as varied as the number of locations where quarrying takes place.According to the British Geological Survey (BGS) via the Explore Quarry Restoration (EQR) some basic principles apply to all quarries to ensure safe and efficient sites during extraction, restoration and subsequent use.
Tue, 11 June 2013
A new estimate suggests the world could have significant unconventional oil and gas resources - but does that really translate into a bonanza for the UK?... The UK's geology adds to the difficulty. Nicholas Riley, team leader for unconventional gas at the British Geological Survey, explained to us that 'faulting and changes in the rock type both vertically and horizontally' mean the fuel pools are more separated in the UK.
Mon, 10 June 2013
DINOSAURS, tsunamis and space were among subjects brought to life at the British Geological Survey's first open day in 25 years. Around 3,000 visitors attended Saturday's event which aimed to give children and adults an insight into geology. Split into zones, the survey's headquarters in Keyworth took people on a journey of discovery, from Fossil Fun, where guests could take part in fossil rubbing and watch 3D fossil laser scanning, to the Disaster Zone, with earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanos.
Mon, 10 June 2013
New research aims to speed up the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) by studying how carbon dioxide could be stored underground... The NERC British Geological Survey will lead a £894,000 project to develop non-invasive methods to monitor underground carbon storage sites using techniques including 3D time-lapse seismic surveys, sensitive geophones (which convert ground movement into electrical signals) and satellite measurements of ground movements.
Thu, 6 June 2013
High levels of radon gas are thought to be present in areas across Scotland. What is radon gas and should we be worried? Radon gas is part of the radioactive decay chain of natural uranium and is produced in low levels all around the world, all the time... Mr McColl's organisation has worked with the British Geological Survey to produce maps of where radon gas was more likely.
Wed, 5 June 2013
A DINOSAUR adventure awaits those visiting the British Geological Survey (BGS) for its Open Day at their headquarters in Keyworth this Saturday, June 8. World leading scientists and support staff from the BGS are inviting the public to explore the past, present and future through a packed programme of tours, talks and hands-on demonstrations.
Mon, 3 June 2013
One of the energy firms hoping to exploit the UK's resources of shale gas says it may be sitting on significantly more gas than previously thought... A report by the British Geological Survey for the Department of Energy and Climate Change is due to give an updated assessment of how much gas there is in the Bowland Shale in the North West of England in the coming weeks.
Sun, 2 June 2013
The 8th of June sees an Open Day at the British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottinghamshire. Entry is free and there will be a full programme of talks, demonstrations, tours and activities suitable for all ages. This is the first full scale Open Day held at Keyworth for 25 years and is a great opportunity for everyone to see their new facilities...