News stories about BGS

A selection of recent news, that includes mentions of the British Geological Survey, reported in online news websites. Click on a heading link to read the full article.

A “PIONEERING” research centre for earth and marine science officially opened at a Scottish university.The £21 million Lyell Centre, at Heriot-Watt in Edinburgh, brings together the expertise of the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the university’s academic work to ensure future generations of researchers can meet the “global science and technology challenges facing the world”.

19 October 2016

Earthquakes have the power to shake cities to the ground, yet in the UK about 200 a year rumble under our feet mostly unnoticed. "Herefordshire experiences a lot of earthquakes compared to other areas," says David Galloway, seismologist at the British Geological Survey (BGS).

18 October 2016

Landmark Information Group enhance flood risk analysis with GeoSmart’s 5m groundwater dataset. GeoSmart’s groundwater data uses LIDAR and topography data, which delivers a true 3D view of how groundwater risk varies and migrates across a site through different terrain and slope profiles. Additional supporting base data from the British Geological Survey (BGS), together with historic flood events offers a greater granularity of risk classification boundaries.

11 October 2016

More than three years since the Government vowed to unleash an energy revolution by exploiting shale gas from the rocks deep beneath the north of England, it now looks as though Britain is finally on the verge of getting fracking. In June 2013, the British Geological Survey estimated that some 1,300 trillion cubic feet of gas could be trapped within those shale rocks.

7 October 2016

A hypnotic new animation from Nasa’s Solar Dynamics Observatory reveals the massive arches over the sun’s surface as solar material spews along magnetic field lines. The British Geological Survey, Aurorawatch UK and US body Space Weather Prediction Centre all reported heightened opportunities of spotting the aurora, because a hole in the sun's outer layer is facing Earth.

5 October 2016

Today sees the launch of ‘Unearthed: Impacts of the Tellus surveys of the north of Ireland’, a book showcasing outputs from the most significant geoscience project ever conducted across the island of Ireland. Published by the Royal Irish Academy, and produced in partnership with the Geological Survey of Ireland, the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland and the British Geological Survey, the book presents findings from the first two stages of Tellus.

5 October 2016

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."

28 September 2016

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.

27 September 2016

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.

20 September 2016

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.

18 September 2016