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.
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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
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