What's new on the website?

Recent updates to the BGS websites.


Radioactive waste
New research: Sources of natural and artificial ionising radiation and radioactivity in the environment, Waste from using ionising radiation, Deep Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste FAQ


24 July 2014

Windos 8 logo
We need your help to let us know whether you would be interested in accessing information from BGS on your Windows 8 PC or Windows 8 mobile phone.


22 July 2014

Glacier model
Make a simplified cut-out model of an Icelandic glacier; shows moulins, eskers, moraines and crevasses.


9 July 2014

Aquimod screenshot
AquiMod is an innovative hydrological model for simulating groundwater levels at boreholes that has already made an impact through policy (for example see the monthly Hydrological Outlook of the UK). It is also used to teach modelling theory to Earth Science university undergraduates. This website will include the AquiMod user manual and software so that the software, improving accessibility and enabling the product to impact to a wider user group. Furthermore, it will help to increase NERC-BGS visibility to the environmental modelling community.


2 July 2014

FutureThames booklet
FutureThames website updated to describe research in 2014 including an iMap of the project area.


30 June 2014

Make-a-map

New version for 2014 with links to the current geological timechart.

Make-a-map is an interactive geological map of the British Isles. It is intended for amateur geologists, students and teachers looking for an overview of the geology of the British Isles.

You can customise Make-a-map to show just those rock units that are of interest to you. You can also show or conceal the place names, coastline and other features.



30 June 2014

Sampling water supplies in Cornwall

Households were visited by BGS teams in November 2013, following an invite to take part in the biomonitoring study through direct mailing and follow-up calls. More than 120 households and more than 200 volunteers from across Cornwall participated. Since then, the samples collected have undergone a series of measurements for each of the sample types. The measurements for water data were reported in June 2014 to the households, with biological and soil samples to be reported later in 2014.

More information



26 June 2014

Collapsible ground
These new geohazard notes ask:
  • What is collapsible ground? Why does it occur?
  • What is compressible ground? What problems can it cause?


24 June 2014

GISGroundwater logo
BGS GISGroundwater is an add-in to ArcGIS that models the depth to groundwater beneath the land surface. For aquifers (permeable water bearing rocks) that are open to the atmosphere (unconfined aquifers) it calculates the elevation of the groundwater table. For aquifers that are confined by overlying impermeable rock it calculates the elevation of the surface (the level groundwater will rise to in a borehole).


20 June 2014