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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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Columnar jointing on the side of a steep valley. A human figure stands on top.
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Spooky geology

31/10/2022

Explore thirteen of our favourite spooky geological hotspots around the UK.

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Deep-sea mining evidence review
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Deep-sea mining evidence review published

31/10/2022

The deep-sea mining independent evidence review report was commissioned by the UK Government to inform its policy in relation to deep-sea mining.

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Examining the glacial sediments exposed in the cliffs at Happisburgh. Sarah Arkley, BGS © UKRI.
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Notes from an applied glacial geology field course in Norfolk

28/10/2022

Marine geoscientist Catriona MacDonald and urban geologist Raushan Arnhardt share their experiences from a recent trip to north Norfolk to learn more about glacial geology.

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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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Parts of UK listed among world’s most important geological sites

25/10/2022

Parts of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have been named among 100 of the world’s most important geological sites by UNESCO and international scientists.

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Volcán Nevado del Ruiz model from 1985 Nevado del Ruiz eruption film series
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Film trilogy wins award and shares experiences of 1985 Nevado del Ruiz eruption

24/10/2022

A collaborative film trilogy co-directed by BGS Volcanologist, Dr Anna Hicks, has won the overall 'Dynamic Earth' Theme Award at the Earth Futures Festival 2022.

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KD2 Pro thermal properties sensor. BGS © UKRI
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BGS joins European Geothermal Congress to highlight UK’s geothermal potential

21/10/2022

The European Geothermal Congress will discuss how the geothermal sector can help with the energy crisis.

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