The Landslides Team at BGS has studied numerous landslides. This work informs our geological maps, memoirs and sheet explanations and provides data for our National Landslide Database.
New landslide case studies: Cyprus, Nefyn Bay, Oxwich Bay, Pennington Point, St Dogmaels and York district
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The British Geological Survey is the world's oldest national geological survey and celebrates its 175th anniversary in 2010.
The event will be marked by a one-day symposium on 28 September 2010 with talks on the changing face of BGS science. Guest speakers include Dr Marcia McNutt, and Professor Iain Stewart.
Britain's best-known natural history film-maker, Sir David Attenborough, will feature in the panel discussion to close the symposium.More about BGS175 Anniversary Symposium
Sandstone rocks deep beneath the Moray Firth are being examined for the storage of carbon dioxide emissions (carbon capture and storage).
This is the first time a consortium of Scottish Government and industry has funded (£290k) a study to test the suitability of a specific site for carbon storage.
The majority of the discussions focused on central government requirements of the BGS in the context of the delivery of the BGS Strategy, and how the science priorities, which BGS will focus on to 2014, could support achievement of the government's policy objectives.
More about the BGS Government Advisory Panel (GAP)
The Burns statue in Camperdown, Australia is one of the world s oldest surviving representations of Robert Burns. It was taken to Australia from Scotland in 1882 where it has been on display in a public park for over 125 years.
The statue was repaired a number of years ago but has recently been vandalised and now requires stone repairs.
The BGS were approached by the Australian conservator (Cathedral Stone) to see if we could identify the stone in the statue and suggest the best stone type for repairs.More about Conserving Robert Burns | Historic stone matching
Recent devastating earthquakes in Haiti, Chile and China, as well as magnitude 7+ earthquakes in Indonesia and California, might give the impression that earthquake activity is increasing.
In fact, a quick look at earthquake statistics over the last 20 years shows that this is not the case.More about Is earthquake activity increasing?
A simple schematic model of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano summit, crater and ash plume.
It is intended as simple guide to understanding how volcanoes such as Eyjafjallajökull are influenced by tectonic plate activity along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
The model is not-to scale. The height of the volcano is highly exaggerated.
Download instructions for Cut-out 3D model of Eyjafjallajökull volcano, Iceland
Eyjafjallajökull last erupted between 1821-1823. There were also documented intrusion events in 1994 and 1999 but magma didn't reach the surface.
In the weeks prior to the eruption intense seismicity and high rates of deformation associated with the rise of magma beneath the volcano were noted by Icelandic scientists.
The volcanic ash cloud that has closed many British airports on 15 April 2010 comes from a volcano called Eyjafjallajökull in southern Iceland.
The upper slopes of the volcano, which is 1660 m high, are covered by an ice cap. The volcano began to erupt on 20 March 2010, from an ice-free area on the north-east side of the volcano.
More about Eyjafjallajökull
Version 2 of the Geology of Britain viewer. Featuring improved performance and map resolution.
Open the Geology of Britain viewer.
The Geology of Britain viewer is part of OpenGeoscience.
Our Information Products theme produces digital datasets covering Great Britain that are based on the outputs of the BGS survey and research programmes and our substantial data holdings.
Geoscientific knowledge and data are combined to provide products relevant to a wide range of users including those in central and local government, academia, insurance and housing industry, engineering and environmental business, and the public.
This one year DFID-funded Research Programme aims to improve understanding of the resilience of African groundwater to climate change and links to livelihoods.
The project will develop policy recommendations for assessing how groundwater can support adaptation and build resilience to climate change.
New data show that human remains found in a mass grave in Dorset, originally thought to be Romans, date from a time of frequent Viking raids on Britain.
The decaptitated Scandinavian men have been carbon-14 dated to between AD 910 and AD 1030.
The analysis of their teeth by the NERC Isotope Geoscience Laboratories NIGL show that they came from an area of much colder climate than Britain, typical of central Norway or Sweden.More about isotope dating of Rare Viking burials
A team of scientists at the British Geological Survey have considered some of the factors that are likely to influence life in the UK by 2030 and have developed a set of four scenarios which reflect this. These scenarios are designed to stimulate discussion they are not predictions of what is really going to happen in the future.
The magnitude 8.8 earthquake that struck Chile on 27 February was more than 500 times bigger than the devastating magnitude 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010.
Further insight and seismology maps Chile Earthquake
BGS is currently working on a major international project for the United Arab Emirates Government, creating high quality geological maps of the country. The fieldwork is focused on the western United Arab Emirates between Dubai, Al Ain and the Saudi border, including all of Abu Dhabi.
The survey is part of a wider UAE Ministry of Energy funded project which aims to look at the hard rock mineral resources such as limestone, gabbro and platinum group minerals.
There has been a lot of recent interest in the oil exploration taking place around the Falkland Islands. Here, Dr Phil Richards, BGS Regional Hydrocarbons Manager, answers some questions about the scientific background to the story.
More about The science behind Falklands oil exploration