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Recent updates to the BGS websites.

Offshore surveying
We are now about two weeks into the RRS James Cook cruise, which departed from Santa Cruz, Tenerife, on 29 October 2016. The current cruise forms part of the MarineE-tech project (marine ferromanganese deposits — a major resource of e-tech elements).

23 November 2016

Report on a responsive visit to a sinkhole at Magdalen Road, Ripon on 11 November 2016.
Report on a responsive visit to a sinkhole at Magdalen Road, Ripon on 11 November 2016.

11 November 2016

BGS roundel
The latest version of the organisational structure of BGS is now available.

4 November 2016

ASR 15/16
Download our latest Science Review highlighting the key projects and research we undertook during 2015–2016.

4 November 2016

Tracer testing in Berkshire Chalk
Karst results from the dissolution of rocks and is usually associated with cave systems and landscapes characterised by rocks sculpted by dissolution, large surface depressions, disappearing rivers and major springs. However, karst processes occur in all soluble rocks, and can result in rapid transport of pollutants into and through the ground, sometimes over distances of many kilometres. This knowledge exchange project concerns the Chalk and Jurassic and Permian limestones of England. These are soluble-carbonate aquifers in which caves are uncommon and karst often not well-recognised.

1 November 2016

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