Accessing Subsurface Knowledge (ASK) is an innovative subsurface data and knowledge exchange network between public and private sectors that is focused around Glasgow. ASK aims to improve the understanding of subsurface conditions via the free flow of data and knowledge that underpins successful construction and regeneration projects.
The ASK Network launch on 16 November 2012 was attended by delegates from local authorities, geotechnical and civil engineering consultancies and universities.Learn more about the ASK network and download the launch event presentations
This virtual borehole and section viewer allows you to drill virtual boreholes or draw virtual cross-sections through a geological model in five selected areas of the UK reflecting a range of geological settings.
This tool offers a glimpse into how geological models will be increasingly made accessible via web browsers without the need for additional software to be installed by the user.
Sample models available
Now available: Groundhog mobile
Groundwater temperatures are relatively stable at depths of 10-15 m below ground surface (approximating the annual air temperature at that location) and with further depths increase according to the geothermal gradient (UK average 3ºC per 100 m depth).
As a result, there is a temperature difference between above-ground (air) temperatures and below-ground (including groundwater) temperatures for most of the year, with the ground/groundwater being colder than air during summer and warmer than air during winter.
Ground source heat pump (GSHP) systems exploit this natural temperature difference for heating or cooling demands.
In open-loop systems, groundwater is abstracted at ambient temperature from the ground, passed through a heat pump before being re-injected back into the ground or discharged at the surface.
For buildings with heating/cooling demands of 100 kW or more (e.g. a large office building), such open-loop GSHPs can be more economic than closed-loop systems.
More about Open-loop ground source heat pumps (GSHP)
Human driven biological, chemical and physical changes to the Earth's system are so great, rapid and distinct that they may characterise an entirely new epoch – The Anthropocene.
New web pages that show selected BGS research and further information:
The British Isles host a wide range of fascinating geology providing secret walks through breathtaking scenery, literary inspiration, idyllic holiday destinations and the building materials for historic monuments.
Use the GeoBritain map to browse geology groups, museums, discovery centres, geoparks and other important geological sites open to the public.
If we haven t included your event, group or site, please let us know!
The Eddleston Water is a small, upland tributary of the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders, which has been selected as a demonstration research catchment by the Scottish Government for promoting Natural Flood Management.
Over time, as in many rural valleys, the course of the Eddleston Water has been channelised and straightened, and the land has been drained to improve agricultural production.
Such changes have caused a loss of habitat diversity, and have increased the amount of rainwater run-off and the speed at which it flows through the catchment, which have led to an increased risk of flooding in Eddleston village and the town of Peebles downstream.More about Eddleston: groundwater-surface water interaction on an upland floodplain
The BGS Geotechnical and Geophysical Properties and Processes Team characterises the major bedrock formations and superficial deposits in the UK, in terms of their physical (geotechnical) properties and mechanical behaviour (e.g. strength, density and porosity).
Selected research includes:
ASK - or Accessing Subsurface Knowledge - is a new data and knowledge exchange network between public and private sectors developed by BGS and Glasgow City Council.
Knowledge of the subsurface is key to delivering successful construction and regeneration projects - poor understanding of ground conditions is widely recognised as the largest single cause of project delay as well as overspending.
The ASK Network will be launched by the BGS and Glasgow City Council (GCC) at a workshop at the Lighthouse, Glasgow on 16 November 2012.
Who should attend?
More about the ASK Network
Two members of the BGS landslide response team observed a landslide event at Wang Shan, China, on 13 September 2012.
During a conference field trip around Gansu Province, the team captured a video of the landslide in progress including the downslope movement of rock debris and a tree fall.Watch the video and read the landslide case study: Wang Shan landslide, China
The new book, launched by the National Forest Company and the British Geological Survey, illustrates through walks and a simple geological map how everything about The National Forest stems from the underlying rocks.
The book uses ten local walks as a way of exploring geological, landscape and industrial heritage features in the Forest, including ‘Black gold at the heart of the Forest’, the wartime Fauld crater disaster, ‘The Building Stones of Burton upon Trent’, and is packed with fascinating information.
There are four other books in this Earthwise series
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Interaction between these glaciers has left behind a complex and often thick sequence of highly permeable sediments which obscure much of the underlying Devonian sandstone bedrock between Elgin and Inverness.
Since 2007 the BGS has been developing 3D models to capture and visualise the complexity of both the superficial and bedrock geology. These models will enable planning authorities and regulators to address land-use issues associated with rapidly increasing urban development, particularly around Inverness.
Following a period of heavy rain, on 1 August 2012 a debris flow landslide occurred along the A83 Rest and Be Thankful pass (Argyll and Bute, Scotland).
It was reported that between 50 to 100 tonnes of material blocked the road that was subsequently closed in both directions resulting in a long diversion.
The BGS Landslide Response Team made a visit to the landslide on 2 August 2012 to record the failure.More about Rest and Be Thankful (A83) Landslide, 2012