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Distribution of sites in the first digital release of the legacy geothermal catalogue. BGS © UKRI.
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UK legacy geothermal catalogue released in digital format for the first time


BGS has released the first digital version of the UK legacy geothermal catalogue of subsurface temperature measurements, rock thermal conductivity measurements and heat flow calculations.

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Fallow deer stag © Bob Brewer/Unsplash.
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New research supports conservation of fallow deer across Europe


New research has combined zooarchaeology and ancient and modern biomolecular datasets to reveal new understandings into the history and projections of fallow deer.

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2024 Mine Water Energy Symposium - 24 to 26 April 2024
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2024 Mine Water Energy Symposium

Event on 24/04/2024

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Rebecca Mumpansha, a GSD librarian, with the sales stock of geological maps. © Rachel Talbot. 
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Unlocking key mineral archives at the Zambian Geological Survey Department 


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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New instrument to characterise the geochemistry of microscopic, solid-rock materials resulting from ancient fluid events such as those occurring during or after volcanic eruptions. Image credit: BGS ©UKRI. All rights reserved.
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Funding for a new type of mass spectrometer to aid net zero research


This new instrument will be used to characterise the geochemistry of microscopic, solid-rock materials.

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The BGS iGeology app has been downloaded over 400 000 times worldwide by users such as building surveyors, walkers, teachers and geologists. © sturti iStock.
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iGeology: enhancing the visibility of BGS map data and reports


Downloaded over 400 000 times worldwide by building surveyors, walkers, teachers and geologists

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A geologist kneeling on a wide, white expanse of a salt flat in Argentina
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Virtual fieldwork during a global pandemic


Virtual field reconnaissance can help maintain research momentum during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Heat recovery and storage in the urban subsurface, using open- and closed-loop ground-source heat pumps (GSHP), connected via heat networks, could offer part of the solution to decarbonise energy supplies to achieve net zero
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The Cardiff Urban Geo Observatory: ‘a city-scale observatory for city-scale challenges’


Heat recovery and storage in the urban subsurface could offer part of the solution to decarbonise energy supplies.

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A modern sculpture of teo curved half arches in Cunigar Loop Park, Glasgow
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Delivering geoenergy research infrastructure in Glasgow


Data from the Glasgow Observatory will help us to understand coal-mine-water heat and sustainable ways of heating our cities.

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H2 storage
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Safe storage of hydrogen in porous rocks: the challenges and knowledge gaps


Increasing the amount of renewable energy that generates clean electricity will require a transition from natural gas to hydrogen and to store heat/cool in rocks.

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Cobalt resources in Europe and the potential for new discoveries


There is considerable interest in Europe in understanding the availability of cobalt from indigenous resources to help the transition to a low-carbon economy.

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BGS PRIME: an early warning system for slope failure


Dam and slope failures can lead to the wide-scale destruction of property and, in some cases, catastrophic loss of life.

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