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Aurora borealis in northern Norway. © Jeremy Bishop/Unsplash.
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Will 2024 be the Year of the Aurora? 

23/02/2024

The Sun’s approximate eleven-year activity cycle is predicted to peak this year, prompting BGS scientists to anticipate that 2024 will be the ‘Year of the Aurora’.

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Scientists produce first record of environmental data off coast of Hawai’i

22/02/2024

An international team of researchers, including BGS geoscientists, have succeeded in acquiring a continuous record of environmental data using fossilised coral from Hawai’i.

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Records and aerial photos stored in the Zambian GSD archive. © Rachel Talbot.
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Unlocking key mineral archives at the Zambian Geological Survey Department 

23/02/2024

Rachel Talbot recounts a recent visit by BGS Records staff to the Zambian Geological Survey Department, to assist in critical mineral data management.

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Sophia Dowell, PhD student at BGS, conducting her research in Kenya. BGS © UKRI.
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The optimisation of plutonium separation

07/11/2023

BGS research leads to advancements in the detection of plutonium and ultimately the determination of soil erosion rates in tropical soils.

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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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