Press releases

Press releases and announcements are compiled and issued by the BGS Press Office.


Vibrocore in the North Sea

The British Geological Survey (BGS) has today published an online database of freely viewable and downloadable Marine Geoscience Data, available through the Offshore GeoIndex, covering the whole UK Continental Shelf. It holds approximately 80,000 sampling locations that have a range of valuable geochemical, geological, geotechnical and sediment data including PDF files of legacy scanned data sheets and borehole logs. Offshore data like these are important for research into areas such as carbon storage, energy resources, planning, habitat mapping and conservation.



14 November 2014

DMQ cover
The British Geological Survey (BGS) has just released the 10th edition of the Directory of Mines and Quarries (DMQ 2014). This invaluable directory contains information on over 2000 mineral workings and related mineral handling sites operating in 2014. This is available as a free download from the BGS website and as a printed book.


13 November 2014

3D Visualisation Suite
A unique new degree in Environmental Geoscience has been launched at The University of Nottingham in collaboration with the world-renowned British Geological Survey.


17 October 2014

Example of a published map
The British Geological Survey (BGS) has today released high resolution scans of over 6000 geological maps which were previously published on paper. The "BGS Maps Portal" provides free to view small and medium scale maps produced by the BGS since geological mapping began in 1832. The Maps Portal includes the recent 1:50,000 mapping of England, Wales and Scotland, geochemical and geophysical maps and also historical maps. The maps and sections will be of interest to anyone who has a passion for geology as well as academics and professionals.


7 October 2014

Landslide at Burton Bradstock
Research carried out by scientists at the British Geological Survey, in association with the University of Rhode Island and the University of Tokyo, has revealed that a submarine landslide contributed to the enormity of the 2011 tsunami in Japan. Published this week in Marine Geology, the research explores the large scale of the tsunami and that a second tsunami, probably triggered by a submarine landslide caused by the initial 9.1 magnitude earthquake, occurred offshore in the Tohoku region adding to the severity of the wave.


1 October 2014

Carbon dioxide molecules

This week in Nature Climate Change an international team of scientists have published results of the first ever sub-sea carbon dioxide impact, detection and monitoring experiment relevant to Carbon dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS) in sub-seabed storage reservoirs.



29 September 2014

BGS Edinburgh Open Day

The British Geological Survey (BGS) in Edinburgh invite you to their Doors Open Day where scientists and support staff will be demonstrating their experiments, exhibits and equipment on Saturday 27th September 2014. This is the last Open Doors day at Murchison House, the Scottish HQ of the BGS for over 30 years, as staff leave for their new office at the Riccarton Campus of Heriot-Watt in 2016. Murchison will be open to the public from 10am to 5pm as part of this year’s event.



25 September 2014

Carbon dioxide molecules
Every year, the British Science Festival takes to a different city to unveil the mysteries of science, engineering and technology to children and adults alike. This year, scientists from across the UK will be lifting the lid on carbon capture and storage (CCS), a technology that can gather the greenhouse gas, CO2, from power plants and store it deep underground.


3 September 2014

Minecraft screenshot
The British Geological Survey (BGS) has reproduced the geology of mainland Great Britain and surrounding islands within the world of Minecraft. Inspired by the Ordnance Survey (OS) map released a year ago, this map shows the OS map data on the surface and the real geology beneath, right down to the bedrock. You’ll be able to look over the white cliffs of Dover, climb to the top of Ben Nevis and scour over the ancient volcanoes of the Scottish Isles.


27 August 2014

BGS Research Fellowship Programme
A recent study by the British Geological Survey, in association with researchers at the University of Leicester, has delved into the bone and tooth chemistry of King Richard III and uncovered fascinating new details about the life and diet of Britain’s last Plantagenet king


17 August 2014