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.



Although smartphones contain a host of valuable metals, getting at them is the tricky bit.'A lot of people in the media and policy makers worry about physical exhaustion of metals. This is not really the issue,’ says Andrew Bloodworth from the British Geological Survey.


20 March 2017

In the UK, about one third of the water that comes out of our taps is sourced from groundwater. After a dry winter, groundwater levels are lower than normal for the time of year, and scientists from the British Geological Survey are keeping a close eye on the situation.


14 March 2017

Scientists from the British Geological Survey and NRM Laboratories have found a novel way of using soil data to assess soil fertility. Dr Barry Rawlins, who led the research, said: "Because less agricultural lime has been applied to agricultural soils over recent years, we increasingly see natural factors influencing the patterns of soil acidity across England and Wales."


11 March 2017

Scientists have identified 208 new minerals that owe their existence wholly or in part to humans. The great changes occurring on Planet Earth were being reflected in the mineralogical record, just as they were in the chemistry of the atmosphere and the oceans, said Colin Waters of the British Geological Survey


2 March 2017

Underneath the Earth's surface lies a wealth of resources. But will the way we currently use them give us problems in the future? Dr Ciaran Beggan, Dr Andrew Barkwith and Dr Caroline Graham at the British Geological Survey (BGS) explain why we need a clearer picture.


27 February 2017

Scientists are looking to drill a hole into a volcano to try and harness its energy. Embarking on a unique journey, the Iceland Deep Drilling Project (IDDP) plans to exploit the Earth's inner heat, in a bid to power 5,000 homes. Dr. Jonathan Busby, team leader of renewables and energy security at the British Geological Survey, said that this type of energy extraction is good for the environment.


15 February 2017

An earthquake which hit Colchester and district in 1884 is the largest in British recorded history. National records kept by the British Geological Survey, dating back to one in the Midlands in 1048, indicate six earthquakes have been felt in Colchester.


8 February 2017

A NEW onshore-offshore bedrock geology map published for the seabed in Dorset will allow better understanding and identification of our coastline, according to scientists. The map of the eastern half of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site was published by the British Geological Survey and the University of Southampton.


8 February 2017

The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has awarded two contracts for offshore petroleum system-related studies on the UK continental shelf (UKCS) for East Shetland, and the area including the Celtic Sea, off southwest Ireland and the Bristol Channel known as the South West Approaches. Working in collaboration with the 21CXRM Technical Advisory Committee, OGA has awarded the contracts to the British Geological Survey (BGS) and geophysical data modellers Getech for South West Approaches.


6 February 2017

Of all the things to search for at the beach, I like pebbles best. Admittedly, this may not sound like much of a challenge. Most of the UK coastline is shingle. But, when you start to look closely, there is so much to find. “Pebble hunting is what geologists do on holiday,” Clive Mitchell of the British Geological Survey says approvingly when I ask him to come along and give me some tips.


6 February 2017