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Depth map of Tonga caldera. Source: Shane Cronin / Uni of Auckland / Tonga Geological Services
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One year on: reflections on the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcanic eruption

18/01/2023

The eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai Volcano in January 2022 has highlighted a global unpreparedness for the impacts from large-scale global events.

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Earthquake damage on the Greek island of Kos in 2017. Rubble lies in a street that has fallen from a semi-ruined building.
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MYRIAD-EU: shifting the paradigm in disaster risk management

17/01/2023

How changing our approach to disaster risk reduction practices can create a more resilient future.

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A diagram of houses and the associated shrink-swell risks.
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Property subsidence assessment: helping to mitigate shrink–swell hazard risk

25/01/2023

The BGS Property Subsidence Assessment dataset provides insurers and homeowners with tools to better understand shrink–swell and the risk it poses to homes and businesses.

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Understanding long-term burial of organic carbon deposits

07/11/2022

Carbon sequestration is one method of reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, by capturing and storing it, contributing to climate change reduction.

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Ancient neolithic stones,West Kennet Long Barrow, Wiltshire. Source: Neil Bussey/istock.
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New lead isoscape map for archaeological provenance studies in Great Britain

28/10/2022

A new study aims to determine lead isotope ratios in soil and rock across Great Britain which could inform future archaeological studies about human and animal origins.

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Kibera slum, the largest slum city in Nairobi city, Africa. Source: Africa924/istock
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Accumulation of toxic substances in Nairobi’s river sediments

27/10/2022

Researchers have warned of the presence of toxic contaminants and untreated wastes accumulating in Nairobi’s Mathare, Ngong and Nairobi rivers.

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Overview of the 3D alkaline-silicate geomodel showing a surface caldera, and a series of mafic staging chambers.
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New 3D model will help guide exploration for rare earth element deposits in alkaline igneous systems

30/06/2022

A team of scientists and institutions across Europe have developed a new 3D geological model designed to guide exploration for rare earth elements.

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Darjeeling Hills, India
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Developing regional-scale landslide forecasting in hazard-prone regions of India

23/06/2022

BGS has been involved in co-developing a prototype regional-scale landslide forecasting system in two hazard-prone districts of India.

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Farmers transport their good to market – Northern India. Image courtesy of D J MacAllister © BGS.
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Hidden from view: a century of rising groundwater levels in India and Pakistan

22/04/2022

Groundwater storage increased in Pakistan and north-west India for most of the 20th century, a new study shows. So why is there a water crisis?

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Longton, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire
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Soil maps could hold the key for urban planning

18/01/2022

Research by BGS has developed a predictive model to evaluate levels of bioaccessible contaminants in urban soils and their relationship with the underlying geology and former industrial land use.

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Underground research at Boulby Mine
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The scientists going underground in search of answers to energy storage

04/11/2021

Finding answers to some of our planet’s biggest challenges can require scientists to carry out their work in the most extraordinary of environments.

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