Archive of news and articles featuring BGS science and scientists in Feb 2012
Mon, 27 February 2012
After the success of previous years, we are returning to BGS Headquarters for this favourite Family Fun Day. Try your luck at gold panning, generate an earthquake and make your own fossil replica. See drilling samples from deep beneath your feet, see and touch fabulous fossils from the Museum's Collection. Meet some real geologists and learn first-hand what they do. No charge, but booking is essential.
Fri, 24 February 2012
The Government's approach to mitigating the effect of an EMP attack and the EMP-like effects of space weather is three-pronged...Dr Kerridge of the British Geological Survey said:'There has been a great acceleration over the past year in the way we have addressed this problem...As a result of that, in October 2010 we began something that we have termed the Space Environment Impacts Expert Group.'
Fri, 24 February 2012
OF ALL the British businesses that once ruled the world, cement-making is hardly the most glamorous. But, mixed with sand and other aggregates to make concrete, it provided the foundations for Victorian-era industrial expansion and empire-building. Portland cement, the sort most widely used today, is a British invention. And Andrew Bloodworth of the British Geological Survey reckons aggregates are still the countryÂ¿s biggest primary industryÂ¿in terms of weight, not value
Wed, 8 February 2012
The list of once-obscure metals and minerals that are becoming 'strategic' seems to be growing daily. However, population growth and rising living standards in developing countries are driving demand for most raw materials... Recently, the British Geological Survey ranked graphite right behind the rare earths and substantially ahead of lithium in terms of supply criticality.
Fri, 3 February 2012
The British Geological Survey (BGS) has a risk list outlining the relative threat to supply of chemical elements and element groups that are needed to maintain the global economy. A visualization of the list is available through this infographic. Of the 52 items, platinum group elements are among the four with an 8.5 out of 10 rating on the index, which marks them as very high at risk.