Mon, 30 July 2012
Search crews have discovered the body of a 22-year-old Derbyshire woman following a landslide in Dorset. The incident, which took place at the Freshwater Beach holiday park in Dorset, has been described by police as a 'tragic accident'...A report from the British Geological Survey has shown that the landslide that killed Charlotte Blackman from Heanor in Derbyshire was caused by a number of factors, including the recent wet weather.
Thu, 26 July 2012
A 22-year-old woman in Dorset is the latest death caused by a landslide, but what is behind the spate of collapsing cliffs?... Dr Helen Reeves, chief engineering geologist and head of science at the British Geological Survey, says the threat of landslides is currently higher than normal owing to the prolonged rainfall experienced over recent months. "An increase in water saturation affects what we call the pore pressure of the cliff," she says.
Wed, 25 July 2012
There were fears last night for the life of a young woman trapped by a landslide on a Dorset beach that sent an estimated 400 tons of rock and mud crashing down on to the sand below... The British Geological Survey echoed this warning last night, saying holidaymakers and day trippers should avoid sitting or walking at the base of potentially unstable cliffs.
Mon, 23 July 2012
Groundwater rarely earns a place among news headlines...
But a recent study by Alan MacDonald of the British Geological Survey captured global imagination by the sheer magnitude of its conclusions: it estimates Africa's groundwater storage capacity at 660,000 km3, or 100 times the continent's annual renewable freshwater resources, and 20 times the freshwater stored in African lakes.
Thu, 19 July 2012
One East Lothian resident was counting his lucky stars this week after witnessing a rare stellar treat...A space weather alert issued by the British Geological Survey last Friday predicted that a solar flare the previous evening would result in increased geomagnetic activity, with an increased chance of seeing aurora displays at lower than normal latitudes.
Tue, 17 July 2012
As part of the conservation and post-excavation programme we commissioned the British Geological Survey (BGS) to prepare thin-section slides of small samples of stone from both altars and the altar base. The slides arrived back from the BGS this morning and we are looking forward to analysing them in the coming days.
Mon, 16 July 2012
Celebrations have been held to mark 100 years since the establishment of Inverarish on Raasay, a small island off Skye. The village was built for iron ore miners, and the community grew around its original 64 terraced houses... Photographs held in the British Geological Survey's archive show PoWs on giant mechanical mining machines, while under armed guard.
Mon, 16 July 2012
Underwater landslides can be far larger than any landslide seen on land. For example, the Storegga Slide that occurred 8,200 years ago offshore Norway is larger than Scotland...This team is led by the National Oceanography Centre and involves seven other UK institutions, together with international project partners. The other UK institutions include NERC's British Geological Survey...
Fri, 13 July 2012
Two projects investigating the use of robot submarines to map and monitor the seas around the United Kingdom - collecting data that will inform future government policy on the protection of the marine environment - have received Â£720,000 in funding... It is led by NOC in partnership with British Geological Survey (BGS) and Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS).
Wed, 11 July 2012
Pictured from the left are Loughborough's Dr John Hillier and Lei Wang, Andrew Hughes, Kate Royse and Andrew Kingdom from the BGS.
Catastrophe modelling specialist Dr John Hillier has been working with the British Geological Survey (BGS) to create a piece of open access software that could help the insurance industry meet new EU regulations.
Tue, 10 July 2012
Scientists are taking a trip back to the Byzantine Empire to examine whether future climate change could increase the chances of a pandemic such as the bubonic plague... The team at Plymouth will work with colleagues at Nottingham and Birmingham Universities, as well as the NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory at the British Geological Survey, over the next 20 months.
Mon, 9 July 2012
New research published this week by the British Geological Survey (BGS) suggests that the low rainfall in the last two years could still create an increased risk of subsidence from clay shrinkage and swelling despite the heavy rainfall recorded so far this year... The research, published in the Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, has highlighted the importance of rainfall and temperature on the incidence of clay shrink-swell.
Mon, 9 July 2012
Volcanologists are among science's most adventurous researchers, travelling to some of the planet's more remote places to try to better understand one of nature's most powerful and destructive forces - the volcano... What was originally intended to be a career break developed into her dream career. After getting a bachelors degree in geology from Durham University, she recently completed a PhD at Bristol University, aged 47... She now works for the British Geological Survey.
Mon, 2 July 2012
The OpenMI Association is pleased to announce the winners of the OpenMI Awards 2011. These awards reward excellence in the use and development of the Open Modelling Interface standard... The British Geological Survey (BGS) and Loughborough University have created an OpenMI composition to produce a prototype 'plug and play' Catastrophe (CAT) model for groundwater flooding in the Berkshire Downs.