iGeology is a new free iPhone App that lets you take a geological map of Britain wherever you go to help you learn about the rocks beneath your feet. And with the phone s GPS, you'll know exactly where you are.
Earthquakes in historical times that shook empty hillsides have the potential to repeat in the future as humanitarian disasters, where cities have grown up unaware of the hazard
During the summer of 2010 a team of BGS staff and students collected stream water and soil samples from rural areas across the whole of the Clyde Basin (~3100 km2) at a sample density of 1 per 2 km2. This resulted in approximately 1900 stream water and 1000 soil samples that are being analysed for over 50 chemical elements.
More about the 2010 Clyde Basin geochemical survey
Sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) are drainage solutions that provide an alternative to the direct channelling of surface water through networks of pipes and sewers to nearby watercourses
By mimicking natural drainage regimes, SuDS aim to reduce surface water flooding, improve water quality and enhance the amenity and biodiversity value of the environment. SuDS achieve this by lowering flow rates, increasing water storage capacity and reducing the transport of pollution to the water environment.
More about Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS)
Selected research: Carbon; Coastal pollution and climate; Environmental responses to climate change; Palaeoclimate.
More about BGS Climate change research
A new multibeam survey of Loch Eriboll, the only deepwater sea loch on the north coast of Scotland, is underway to help us better understand our submerged landscape by producing a detailed bathymetric map.
The survey will provide us with detailed sea bed morphology that will improve our geological understanding of the area. Onshore we can see evidence of glaciers and it is probable that the moraines extend offshore and may even allow us to link features on one side of the loch with those on the other.More information about Submerged landscapes | Underwater survey of Loch Eriboll, Scotland
Copepods, tiny shrimp-like crustaceans, are the creatures that today form the main food source of whales. Typically these creatures are 1-2 mm in length. They are the most numerous of the multicellular animals on Earth and even outnumber insects!
However, because of their small size and fragility, they fossilise poorly. Their fossil record consists of one example from rocks of Cretaceous age (about 115 million years old) and a few from the Miocene (about 14 million years old). As a result of recent research, they are now known to have been around more than twice as long as previously thought.