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.



The scale of human impact on our planet has changed the course of Earth's history, an international team of researchers has concluded. Dr Colin Waters, a researcher with the British Geological Survey and the chair of The Anthropocene Working Group said: 'The Anthropocene Working Group is now working on such a proposal, based upon finding a 'golden spike' - a reference level within recent strata somewhere in the world that will best characterize the changes of the Anthropocene.


2 October 2017

SIR Keith O’Nions has been announced as the first chair to lead the new British Geological Survey (BGS) board, which has been created to assist the BGS meet future challenges and ensure it continues as a globally leading survey, delivering services and providing infrastructure support both nationally and globally.


29 September 2017

The recently launched Horizon 2020 project SERA (Seismology and Earthquake Engineering Research Infrastructure Alliance for Europe) aims to reduce the risk posed by natural and anthropogenic earthquakes across Europe. As part of this effort, a comprehensive earthquake risk modelling framework for Europe is being developed by a core group of engineering / risk partners in collaboration with the Global Earthquake Model or GEM.


29 September 2017

THE British Geological Survey (BGS) has announced the location for a new “observatory for the underground” near Frodsham and Helsby that will provide important research evidence on natural resources for heat and energy. BGS has confirmed the Ince Marshes area as its preferred location for the Cheshire Energy Research Field Site, part of a £31 million science investment.


26 September 2017

Over the last week, two earthquakes have hit Mexico and the second has killed more than 200 people in the country's capital. The British Geological Survey (BGS) noted that there have been 20 earthquakes in the last 10 years with a magnitude of 6.5 or above, within a 200km radius of Mexico City. The country resides on one of the most active plate boundaries in the world.


21 September 2017

After Mexico's 7.1-magnitude quake, some buildings have collapsed while others, often right next door, remain standing. Why? Seismologist Susanne Sergeant of the British Geological Survey says: "Softer materials amplify the ground shaking." But she cautioned: "At this point it's going to be difficult to say whether a building has been damaged due to the architecture or the geological variation."


20 September 2017

olidaymakers in Mexico have been warned to follow the advice of local authorities in the wake of a devastating earthquake that has claimed the lives of at least 217 people. According to the British Geological Survey, around 75 per cent of the world’s seismic energy is released at the edge of the Pacific, where the thinner Pacific plate is forced beneath thicker continental crust along “subduction zones”.


20 September 2017

The project exploring how redundant coal mines could heat homes will be positioned on Clyde Gateway land, either in Rutherglen or the Dalmarnock side of the River Clyde. Representatives of the NERC and BGS were in The Legacy Hub in Dalmarnock last Tuesday to explain what the project will mean for people on both sides of the river and to get their feedback.


14 September 2017

It lived well over 550 million years ago, is known only through fossils and has variously been described as looking a bit like a jellyfish, a worm, a fungus and lichen. But was the ’mysterious’ Dickinsonia an animal, or was it something else? A new study by researchers at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, and the British Geological Survey provides strong proof that Dickinsonia was an animal.


14 September 2017

The Department of Economic Development has opened a licensing round to select suitably qualified applicants interested in potential hydrocarbon exploration in the Island’s waters. The Department’s technical advisors, British Geological Survey (BGS), have a data room available for interested parties to view Isle of Man seismic data at their offices in Edinburgh.


11 September 2017