As part of this PhD, a recent BGS survey has generated images of the lake bed as if there was no water.
This data has been used to produce a landscape map of the lake.Windermere: lake environment and glacial history
Just as the first Swallow heralds summer, jokes about the wettest drought on record herald the end of a drought - but is it really the end?
The drought we have been in, and still are in, has its roots over a two year period rather than the recent two weeks of heavy rainfall and it affects groundwater more than it affects rivers.
Now that the exceptional rainfall has happened, does this mean the drought is over?
The simple answer is no!More on The end of the drought?
The BGS has carried out a survey of the inorganic chemistry of bottled natural mineral waters and spring waters from across the British Isles.
We analysed 85 samples from 67 groundwater sources from a diverse range of aquifer rock types.
Analyses included the major ions and a wide range of trace elements.
Results of the study showed that concentrations of the inorganic constituents analysed were well within the limits for compliance with European and national standards for bottled waters.
More details and further conclusions about Bottled water from the British Isles
The analyses presented in this advanced atlas are for those soil samples collected for the National Soil Inventory (NSI) by the Soil Survey of England and Wales (now the National Soil Resources Institute, Cranfield University, UK) as described in McGrath and Loveland (1992) in the original Soil Geochemical Atlas of England and Wales.
The advanced atlas presents analyses and maps for a total of 53 elements, which includes the original 17 elements.
Free download of the advanced soil geochemical atlas of England and Wales
Choose one of our hand puppets or models of dinosaurs and other extinct creatures to download, print and make.
All the puppets and models are available as a full-colour version or you can print them in black-and-white if you would like to colour and decorate them yourself.
Full instructions are provided. You will need scissors, glue and, for the puppets, brass paper fasteners.
A BGS-led project team have produced new detailed quantitative groundwater maps for Africa.
The maps are the first produced for Africa and are underpinned by dedicated case studies and systematic data/literature reviews.
More about new Quantitative groundwater maps for Africa
A report published by DECC on 17 April 2012, that includes a BGS co-author, concludes that the earthquakes near Blackpool in April and May 2011 were induced by hydraulic fracture treatments at the Preese Hall well (PH1), operated by Cuadrilla Resources Ltd. The report also concludes that further small earthquakes cannot be ruled out, however the risk from these earthquakes is low, and structural damage is extremely unlikely.
For more details go to Fracking and Earthquake Hazard
The BGS is working with Glasgow City Council to look into the use of heat energy from the ground to help to warm Glasgow's homes and communities.
Our studies are helping to identify which parts of the city would offer the best prospects of supplying this kind of energy looking at the potential heat within minewaters, superficial deposits and bedrock aquifers beneath Glasgow.
This new source of energy could help Glasgow to meet government targets to ensure 11 per cent of heat demand comes from renewable sources by 2020.More about Heat energy beneath Glasgow