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Recent updates to the BGS websites.

Catchment processes
This model is derived from GSI3D and GOCAD models based on geological mapping, shallow geophysical investigations, trial pitting and borehole drilling undertaken by BGS in 2010 as part of the characterisation of the Eddleston Water Floodplain Monitoring Site.

24 October 2016

Shale gas properties
In October 2016, the BGS, in association with the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), completed an estimate for the amount of shale oil and shale gas in the Jurassic of the Wessex area. This is an extension to the Weald Basin study in south-east England that was published on 23 May 2014.

13 October 2016

Robert Kidston
Robert Kidston FRS, one of the great palaeontologists of the Geological Survey, was also an example of the 'gentleman scientist'. After years of self-financed studies into the fossil plants of the Carboniferous, he bequeathed a huge collection of fossils to the BGS in 1925.

21 September 2016

orchestra Roundel
ORCHESTRA will span five years and use a combination of data collection, analyses and computer simulations to radically improve our ability to measure, understand and predict the circulation of the Southern Ocean and its role in the global climate. It will make unique and important new measurements in the Southern Ocean using a range of techniques, including use of RRS James Clark Ross and RRS Sir David Attenborough, as well as deployments of autonomous surface and underwater vehicles, the BAS meteorological aircraft, and other innovative techniques for collecting data. It will also involve the development and use of advanced ocean and climate simulations, to improve our ability to predict climatic change in coming decades.

20 September 2016

Environmental tracer analysis
We undertake a wide range of tracer isotope techniques including characterisation of U particles, depleted uranium analysis, Si isotope analysis, biosphere mapping using Sr isotopes, and Sr, Nd, Hf and Pb analysis using solution and laser ablation methods.

26 August 2016

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The websites and online services that are hosted at BGS Keyworth are closed for infrastructure maintenance over the 2016 August bank holiday weekend, from 16:00 on Friday 26th until 09:00 on Tuesday 30th.

This downtime will affect the main website, the online shop, all our hosted sites such as OneGeology, all our webservices and some mobile app functionality.

We apologise for any inconvenience while we undertake this essential work.

Please note that the below Edinburgh-based websites will still be available:

22 August 2016

Caton karst sinkhole
In south-west England in February 2014, a sinkhole formed adjacent to the slip road off the northbound carriageway of the A38 at Caton, Devon. This event, which was significant in terms of its size and potential impact, was not brought to the attention of the BGS until April 2016. This coincided with a project defining karst domains across the UK, and therefore a responsive visit was made to provide additional project information.

28 July 2016

DigMapGB50 sample
The GeoProperties team develops geological data and information for industry. Its portfolio includes the digital geological map, extensive databases and many applied geological data products describing the physical and chemical characteristics of UK rocks, deposits and soils.

27 June 2016

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NERC has commissioned five highly ambitious research programmes, worth £34m, that will see its research centres, including the BGS, working closely together to tackle major scientific and societal challenges.

22 June 2016

East Cliff Landslide, Bournemouth
On 24 April 2016, the BGS Landslide Response Team received reports of a landslide on a 35 m high section of the East Cliff in Bournemouth, Dorset.

17 June 2016