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.
More about the Fault-Line Living expedition
Volcanic ash, or tephra, from Iceland gained an extremely high profile during April and May 2010, due to its reported effects on jet engines. However, Earth scientists have been studying tephra for several decades, both as a chronological tool in environmental dating studies, and the impact of tephra from eruptions on global climate.
More about Icelandic ash in the British Isles
People who live in north-west England are being affected by their first hosepipe ban in 14 years. A prolonged dry spell has led to unusually low water levels in rivers and reservoirs, but BGS data show that groundwater levels in the deeper aquifers in the region are currently in the normal range.
New GeoIndex offers better performance and stability on a greater range of web browsers. Designed to be more intuitive to use, it is based on the style of common geobrowser interfaces such as GoogleEarth.
Built using ESRI's latest software, that will enable much richer functionality in the future, let us know what you would like to see in later versions by e-mailing enquiries
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Over the last 500 000 years, glaciers have carved and shaped the stunning fjord landscape that characterizes the west coast of Scotland. The North West Highlands is one of the best places to view the effects of glacial erosion, from its spectacular mountain peaks and deep ice-sculpted corries to the U-shaped valleys and sea lochs.
Between 2005 and 2009, the BGS undertook a study of the fjord coastline in the Summer Isles region, west of Ullapool, including Loch Broom and Little Loch Broom an area of about 200 km2. Our main scientific objective was to initiate a primary marine geological survey of Scotland's fjordsMore about Getting to the bottom of Scotland's fjords
On 5 June 2010, the International Appalachian Trail (IAT) officially welcomed Scotland and the West Highland Way (WHW) as the first European Chapter of the IAT a year after the British Geological Survey (BGS) invited an IAT delegation from Maine and Newfoundland to visit Scotland.
This visit was the first step in fulfilling a vision to extend the existing 1350 miles of IAT trails in the US and Canada with trails in Greenland, Scotland and other countries on the western seaboard of Europe and on through to Morocco countries or regions that were all once part of the ancient Caledonian-Appalachian Mountain chain.More information about Scotland and the West Highland Way join the International Appalachian Trail
Covering digital soil, stream sediment and stream water geochemical maps of ten environmentally sensitive elements, including Arsenic (As), Barium (Ba), Copper (Cu), Iron (Fe), Lead (Pb), Manganese (Mn), Nickel (Ni), Selenium (Se), Uranium (U), Zinc (Zn) and acidity (pH).
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We have a long-standing and trusted relationship with most of the major oil companies and national government. Our impartial remit allows us to play an important strategic role in the oil and gas industries both in the UK and overseas.
We work with several consortia of oil companies to further research into exploration and recovery. We also manage national data archives for the oil and gas industries and have huge amounts of data and expertise in UK waters.
For a comprehensive list of public domain sources of data for UK hydrocarbon exploration and production see Services for oil and gas companies
BGS Map data mash-ups gallery using geological map data at different scales and applications such as: ArcGIS Explorer, ArcGIS Server, ArcWatch, Google Maps, KML, MapInfo and Ordnance Survey OpenSpace from: