Thu, 25 October 2012
When retired police officer Sue Diamond bought her dream home at auction in February 2010 she had not bargained on the landslide a week later that left the six-bedroom property in Torquay teetering 50 metres from a cliff edge... EXPERT ANALYSIS Dr Claire Dashwood, engineering geologist with the British Geological Survey, says: THERE are various causes of coastal erosion and landslides, not least the type of material that the rock faces are made of.
Tue, 23 October 2012
... As part of a BGS team she visited the Japanese tsunami area in June 2011, three months after the impact, and again in February 2012, to conduct surveys using satellite data, on-site digital mapping and GPS. Although scientists can determine where tsunamis are likely to take place, the challenge is in knowing when. Factors such as submarine landslides and meteorite impacts are impossible to predict.
Mon, 22 October 2012
Six Italian seismologists, and a local civil protection official, have been sentenced to six years in prison for manslaughter... But the statistical forecasts are vague, and can span decades, says Roger Musson of the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh, UK. A truly useful prediction would be something like: 'Next week, there will be an earthquake in Geneva of a magnitude greater than 6.5.'
Fri, 19 October 2012
Police in Devon and Cornwall were inundated with calls reporting an earth tremor yesterday evening after a loud bang shook the region... The British Geological Survey could find no evidence of an earth tremor and suggested that the massive bang was in fact caused by the sonic boom from a meteor.
Fri, 19 October 2012
First faced with a severe drought, then lashed by continuous heavy rain, Britain has been hit by extremely bizarre weather this summer.
Now experts have confirmed that this year's strange conditions really are the most unusual since records began... CEH develops flood estimation and forecasting tools and operates the National Hydrological Monitoring Programme with the British Geological Survey.
Thu, 18 October 2012
Centre with 28 permanent staff will help rescue British citizens trapped abroad by political upheavals or natural disasters... A feed of information comes in from government agencies such as the British Geological Survey, for information on earthquakes and tsunamis, and the Health Protection Agency, for information on any emerging pandemics, for example.
Wed, 17 October 2012
Roger Musson is a leading seismologist with the British Geological Survey and author of the book The Million Death Quake: The Science of Predicting Earth's Deadliest Natural Disaster, out this week. He tells PM what seismologists still don't know, why we should be wary of 'rogue quakes', and just how worried northern Californians should be.
Tue, 16 October 2012
Britain expects to issue a new estimate of its shale gas reserves in the Bowland formation in the north before end-2012, followed by a more comprehensive figure for the whole of the country in 2013, the energy ministry said on Monday... The department has commissioned the British Geological Survey (BGS) to quantify domestic shale reserves.
Mon, 15 October 2012
University of Leicester Researcher co-writes informative geological book suitable for the professional geologist, or the curious hiker. Dr Annette McGrath, IODP Research Associate in the Department of Geology at the University of Leicester has co-authored the book, Exploring the landscape of the National Forest, that has been recently published by the British Geological Survey (BGS).
Fri, 12 October 2012
The new British Geological Survey (BGS) Risk List 2012 ranks the threat to the global supply of the metals and other elements which are vital to our modern economy. The list highlights high-technology, 'critical' metals such as rare earths, tungsten and antimony where production and resources are concentrated in a few countries and so are at greater risk of supply disruption.
Thu, 11 October 2012
MARINE biologists and geologists have unveiled the first-ever set of maps detailing where vulnerable deep-sea habitats are likely to be found in the North East Atlantic... The team from Plymouth University, the Marine Biological Association, and the British Geological Survey, have used complex modelling techniques to chart a surface zone more than three times the size of the UK's land surface area.
Thu, 11 October 2012
BGS International, whose scientists tell countries where their mineral wealth lies, has been given money by a venture capital fund to help it grow. The company is based at Keyworth and is a spin-out from the British Geological Survey. It employs geo-scientists - experts who carry out surveys which help countries like Tanzania, Sudan, Cameroon and Afghanistan understand where their minerals lie and how they might be exploited.
Tue, 9 October 2012
Beautiful display of aurora borealis could be enjoyed in the Lakes after strong solar activity reached earth's atmosphere... The British Geological Survey (BGS) said the display lasted from 9pm to 4am and was the best they had seen in Britain all year... 'It took us by surprise how long the display lasted and just how clear it was,' said Sarah Reay, an expert in geomagnetism from the BGS based in Edinburgh.
Mon, 8 October 2012
The Middle East may not possess the same reputation for seismic disasters as some other parts of the world, but that is of little comfort to the people of north-west Iran, over 300 of whom were killed... Marco's theory may be compelling, but other experts advise caution. Dr Roger Musson, head of seismic hazard and archives at the British Geological Survey, says that while the view from Tel Aviv carries weight, in many seismological circles other theories demand equal billing.
Thu, 4 October 2012
The discovery by NASA rover Curiosity of evidence that water once flowed on Mars - the most Earth-like planet in the solar system - should intensify interest in what the future could hold for mankind... Ciaran Beggan, a geomagnetic specialist at the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh, said studies have also refined our understanding of how the field reverses... They have focused on lava flows. When these cool and form crystals the atoms in iron-rich molten rock align...
Tue, 2 October 2012
A fossil which has lain in a museum drawer for over a century has been recognised by a University of Leicester geologist as a unique clue to the long-lost skills of some of the most sophisticated animal architects that have ever lived on this planet... Dr Mike Howe, manager of the British Geological Survey's fossil collections and a co-author of the study, commented 'This shows that museum collections are a treasure trove, where fossils collected long ago can drive new science.'