The BGS holds a unique collection of about 250 000 historical magnetograms on photographic paper - original recordings of the variations in the strength and direction of the Earth's magnetic field.
We are updating iGeology; the smartphone App that lets you take a geological map of Britain with you wherever you go.
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The BGS national Infiltration SuDS Map provides an assessment of the suitability of the subsurface for the installation of infiltration sustainable drainage systems (SuDS). The map allows users to determine the properties of the subsurface with respect to the:
To demonstrate the type and range of data incorporated into the map, a sample is provided below. The drop-down menu allows you to select a data layer, which can then be interrogated by clicking on the Infiltration SuDS Map demo
The infiltration SuDS Map is intended for use by planners, water companies and developers, but also for SuDS approval bodies within local authorities, where it could be used to assess incoming SuDS planning applications.
The Infiltration SuDS Map has full coverage across Great Britain (excluding the Isle of Man) and will be available as a licensable dataset from March 2012.
Exploration and production of shale gas from onshore UK requires the operator to obtain licenses from the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
The operator must also meet a number of strict regulatory requirements set by the Environment Agency (EA) or the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) in Scotland).
The operator must also obtain planning permission from the relevant local authority to permit the surface operations required to explore for and extract shale gas.).
The BGS is a data-rich organisation with over 400 datasets in its care including environmental monitoring data, digital databases, physical collections (borehole core, rocks, minerals and fossils), records and archives.Search our data collections for our free services in OpenGeoscience, our licensed datasets in Digital products or our premium data services including GeoRecords or GeoReports.
Recently, a collection of 'unregistered fossil plants' was found in one of the Survey's windowless vaults in Keyworth, in central England.
These comprise hundreds of beautiful thin sections of fossil wood dating from the early nineteenth century.
The collection was assembled by botanist Joseph Hooker (Darwin's best friend) while he was briefly employed by the Survey in 1846.More about Joseph Hooker
The BGS is working with industry and academia to develop geoscience tools for strategic railway planning and performance monitoring that includes:
Efficient rail performance requires that constant and level rail track geometry be maintained. The geotechnical properties of the subgrade — the native material or bedrock underneath the track — exert huge control over the performance of our railway network.
The Digital Integrated Stratigraphy Project (DISP) is a web-based, open access, digital resource for stratigraphy.
The project aims to eliminate stratigraphic ambiguity associated with sample position within a stratigraphic section.
More about the Digital Integrated Stratigraphy Project
The Katla volcanic system, in southern Iceland, comprises a central volcano and a fissure system. It is partly covered by the Mýrdalsjökull ice cap, which infills the c. 650 m-deep summit caldera. Katla is one of Iceland s more active volcanoes.
Katla has had about 20 eruptions in the last 1100 years, with major glacial floods (jökulhlaups) accompanying observed eruptions. The durations of documented eruptions range from two weeks to four months.
More about Katla volcano, Iceland
G-BASE geochemical samples can be displayed in Google Earth using KML files. Information downloaded from the BGS corporate Geochemistry Database is converted into standardised data files, classified by country (England, Wales, Scotland and N. Ireland) and sample type (topsoil, deep soil, stream sediment and stream water).
BGS capability ranges across a wide area of shale gas research, from prospectivity assessment and shale fracture analysis to materials-testing and hydrological impact assessment.
More about the BGS Shale Gas Project
Our citizen science programme encourages volunteers to record observations about temporary geological exposures - GeoExposures - or geological hazards (such as a landslides or flooding).
You don t have to be a qualified scientist to post information you just need to know where the event or observation is located.
You can upload photos, web or video links, or a simple text description of what you have observed.
We would like you to share your evidence of landslides, flooding or rock exposures at britishgeologicalsurvey.crowdmap.com
We provide long-term groundwater-related capability in the hydrosciences for the benefit of the UK, and internationally.
Our research addresses issues related to the sustainability of water resources and quality, the impacts of environmental change on the water cycle, natural hazards in the context of groundwater, and groundwater and human health.
We undertake groundwater-related monitoring and surveys and have extensive data and information, much of which is accessible through the BGS website.
We are investigating how the biogeochemical processes operating in floodplain environments might affect the concentrations of groundwater contaminants from urban environments reaching surface water courses.
Groundwater provides most of the domestic water supply in rural Africa and supports poverty reduction through irrigation.
Reliance on groundwater is likely to increase as rainfall becomes more variable and demand for water becomes greater.
Groundwater resilience to climate change in Africa is a DFID-funded project to improve understanding of the impacts of climate change on groundwater resources and local demand including :