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.



Cornish lithium, a crucial material for electric car batteries, is being prospected for from space - an unobtrusive method of mining exploration. A team of data scientists at the Satellite Applications Catapult is leading a new study, funded by Innovate UK, to see if it is possible to detect a lithium 'fingerprint' from space by imaging vegetation and minerals on the ground using satellites.


14 May 2018

The Midlands Soil Discussion Group (MSDG) is a division of the British Society of Soil Science. Now in its seventh year, MSDG meets annually at select venues across the region to discuss all things soil science. This year’s meeting was appropriately held at the British Geological Survey (BGS) centre in Keyworth, Nottinghamshire to discuss the link between soils and geology.


11 May 2018

An international collaboration of scientists, has investigated Earth's climate over half a billion years ago by combining climate models and chemical analyses of fossil shells about 1mm long. The research was carried out as an international collaboration involving scientists from the University of Leicester, British Geological Survey, and CEREGE (France). This collaboration brought together expertise in geochemistry, palaeontology and climate modelling to tackle this longstanding problem.


9 May 2018

A current study by the British Geological Survey(BGS) into how groundwater in former mine workings could be used to drive city-scale district heating systems has the potential to transform the way Scottish households and businesses heat their homes. David Schofield, science director for energy systems at the BGS, explains more.


30 April 2018

As part of the global celebration of International Women's Day on March 8, OGC along with AGI & Geovation, coordinated a ‘Women in Geospatial’ breakfast at London’s Geovation Hub. A diverse audience gathered at the hub to hear the career journeys of two of Geospatial’s great female leaders: Dr Katherine Royse from the British Geological Survey, and OGC’s own Marie-Françoise Voidrot.


23 April 2018

Nigeria’s ministry of mines and steel development through its agency, Nigeria Geological Survey Agency (NGSA), is collaborating with the British Geological Survey (BGS) towards the establishment of a Nigerian national geo-data archiving system. Bawa Bwari, minister of state, ministry of mines and steel development, while welcoming the representatives of BGS, Matt Harrison, and Jenny Forster, to Nigeria.


19 April 2018

Plans are being put in place to examine a vast reservoir of warm water that fills the mines and rock layers underneath the city in the hope of harnessing the natural heat store. Professor Michael Stephenson, director of science of the British Geological Survey (BGS), which is funding the project, said: 'The rocks below Glasgow are crisscrossed with tunnels that were hewed into the rock by coalminers in the 19th and 20th century.'


10 April 2018

It’s a blustery winter day on the English coast and Nicola Bayless is walking along the Happisburgh cliffs with her daughter Darcy, surveying the damage after a recent storm. The North Sea has been eating away at Happisburgh’s cliffs for 5,000 years. Estimates put the average historical rate of erosion at somewhere between one and three feet per year, according to Catherine Pennington, a geologist with the British Geological Survey.


5 April 2018

An earthquake which left many residents in Mole Valley and near Horley feeling "shakes" and "quivers" is the first ever to be recorded in Surrey. Hitting a magnitude of 2.7 on the Richter scale with a depth of 5km, the British Geological Survey (BGS) confirmed it is the first to be based in the county, with its epicentre in Newdigate in the Mole Valley. BGS seismologist David Galloway said it was "rare" for an earthquake to take place in the south-east region.


2 April 2018

VITAL research is underway to help to tackle alarming levels of arsenic in food and drink in parts of India and Bangladesh. A team from Salford, Manchester, Birmingham, the British Geological Survey and four institutes in India including the National Institute of Hydrology have received funding from NERC, the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council to find methods to better predict arsenic levels in water.


26 March 2018