Archive of news and articles featuring BGS science and scientists in Dec 2011
Thu, 22 December 2011
Geologists gathered in May to discuss whether human impact on the planet deserved recognition by declaring a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. 'We are in the process of formalizing it,' says Michael Ellis, head of the climate-change programme of the British Geological Survey in Nottingham, UK. He and others hope that adopting the term will shift the thinking of policy-makers.
Wed, 21 December 2011
A NEW interactive map has, for the first time, revealed how the island would have looked in the grip of the last ice age...The web map, created by the British Geological Survey (BGS), offers a fascinating portal into Anglesey as it was 24,000 years ago.
Mon, 19 December 2011
EAST Lancashire was hit by an earthquake over the weekend, experts revealed this morning...The British Geological Survey recorded a quake of 2.2 magnitude at 2.33pm on Saturday, that they say was felt nine kilometres south, south east of Blackburn - in the Darwen area...Scientists said the epicentre was at at depth of seven kilometres.
Tue, 13 December 2011
IT may all turn out to be just hot air, but Glasgow families could be sitting on a fortune...A new plan aims to use heat in the ground under the city to supply natural energy to homes...The British Geological Survey identified 'significant potential' in the city. It has joined up with staff from the city council to help identify which parts of the city would offer the best prospects.
Thu, 8 December 2011
EasyJet to fit devices in hope of avoiding chaos and losses caused by 2010 eruption of Iceland's EyjafjallajÃ¶kull volcano...In a report in 2010, the British Geological Survey said Katla presents 'a significantly greater risk of major disruption' than EyjafjallajÃ¶kull, whose eruption paralysed air traffic across Europe
Sun, 4 December 2011
An earthquake has hit the Bodmin area of Cornwall...According to reports from the British Geological Survey (BGS), the 2.2-magnitude tremor hit at 02:40 GMT and lasted for a few seconds...
The quake could have been felt as far as St Austell, Liskeard and Padstow, but there were no reports of damage.
Fri, 2 December 2011
A low-cost sensor detects high-frequency acoustic emissions to predict whether a landslide is likely to occur...Slope Alarms: Working alongside the British Geological Survey and Geotechnical Observations, the Loughborough-led team has developed the Slope Acoustic Landslide Real-time Monitoring System (ALARMS), a sensor-based technology that can be embedded in the soil and that is able to detect the high-frequency acoustic emissions (AE) generated by deforming materials.