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Scientists analyse lime resources in the UK

25/10/2021

A study by BGS scientists could help to improve soil magnesium concentrations and pH in grassland areas of England and Wales, with benefits for UK agriculture and farming.

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Young boy drinking water from tap, Tanzania. Photo by Chaucharanje, Pexels
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New method offers rapid monitoring of contamination in drinking water

20/10/2021

Scientists have developed an innovative new method to monitor the risk of contamination in drinking water with immediate results, enabling global communities to respond rapidly and help reduce exposure to deadly diarrhoeal diseases.

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Chasing carbon

Event on 05/10/2021

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Phosphorus in caves: a new methodological development being pioneered at Poole’s Cavern with the help of BGS

30/09/2021

Alistair Morgan is exploring how phosphorous enters cave systems and if stalagmites could be used to unravel past temperatures.

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Sample map view of earthquakes recorded during hydraulic fracturing at the Preston New Road unconventional shale gas site. BGS © UKRI
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Scientists test a new model to understand and forecast seismicity induced by hydraulic fracturing operations

02/07/2021

Encouraging new research could bring scientists a step closer to being able to forecast earthquakes induced by human activity.

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BGS Podcast - Critical Raw Materials
BGS Podcasts
Critical raw materials podcast

01/07/2021

In this episode we discuss critical raw materials and the crucial role they will play as we move to a low-to-zero carbon economy

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A pool of blue-green water surrounded by a pillared walkway made of yellow rock
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Unlocking the deep geothermal energy potential of the Carboniferous Limestone Supergroup

28/06/2021

How understanding the subsurface beneath our towns and cities may allow us to access geothermal energy for heating homes and powering the UK.

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People on the steps at Regent's Canal, Granary Square, King's Cross, London. Source: VVShots/iStock 2020.
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BGS collaborates on new £1 million EPSRC-funded digital research project to help make urban growth more sustainable

28/06/2021

Novel research to develop a digital service for future water management and support efforts to make urban growth more sustainable.

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A view of the Chew Bahir lake in southern Ethiopia showing a current dry period. Photo by Julian Ruddock.
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Climate change and human migration out of Africa

23/06/2021

An international team of scientists have shown how climate change could have enabled the migration of Homo sapiens around 60 000 years ago.

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Volcan_Nyiragongo. Dgmuham, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
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Spaceborne data: an expanding role in disaster response

23/06/2021

Alessandro Novellino explains the importance of Earth Observation (EO) to help facilitate successful emergency responses after natural hazard occurrences.

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BGS Digital data review 2021–22

18/06/2021

BGS is seeking a comprehensive understanding of the data ecosystem in which we operate, providing a detailed assessment of our current operating models and the options for our target operating model over the next 10 years.

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A wom,an pumping water from a public well in a street
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Improving water security in the Philippines

10/06/2021

Water supplies in parts of the Philippines are frequently scarce and supplies are often shut down. Intermittent water supply in parts of the country presents serious consequences to health.

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