A selection of recent news, that includes mentions of the British Geological Survey, reported in online news websites. Click on a heading link to read the full article.
NOTTS will be celebrating National Science and Engineering Week with a range of free interactive activities for all the family... The British Geological Survey will be hosting a family fun day in Nicker Hill, Keyworth, on March 22. The event will take place from 10am until 4pm and activities will include making your own earthquake as well as rock and fossil displays and talks.
A house in Ripon which was damaged when a 25ft-wide (7.5m) sinkhole opened has been demolished... The British Geological Survey has said Ripon lies in one of the most susceptible areas of the UK for sinkholes, because of its 'Permian gypsum deposits' which can dissolve more quickly than the surrounding limestone.
There is a new tool in the gardener’s pocket that’s quick, sharp and versatile: the smartphone... Gardeners’ Question Time producer Howie Shannon recommended to me the British Geological Survey called mySoil. This free app is useful if you are thinking of moving house and want to take plants to your new garden, but are not sure of the soil type...Plus, it’s free.
Heavy rainfall has contributed to sinkholes appearing in the UK at the fastest rate since 1987, with developers potentially facing huge costs from hidden threats below the surface... 'It is important to avoid the most subsidence-prone areas and to investigate then design developments to cope with potential problems.' Vanessa Banks, British Geological Survey
Scientists have developed a new model to predict how much a new high-speed railway would shake the ground around it, and the effect this could have on those living near the line... The new study, published in Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, used existing data on soil properties from NERC's British Geological Survey to build a computer model to predict how a new high speed line will affect the ground and surrounding buildings.
A magnitude 4.1 earthquake has struck in the Bristol Channel, the strongest to hit Britain in six years... Julian Bukits, an assistant seismologist from the British Geological Survey, said: "The earthquake had a magnitude 4.1 and was felt in Devon and across the south coast of Wales. We've had reports in Swansea, Exeter, Barnstaple, Gloucester and so on. 'It's a significant sized earthquake by UK standards but worldwide it's pretty average - we get about 5,500 this size in the world every year.'
People have reported their houses swaying after a magnitude 4.1 earthquake three miles beneath the Bristol Channel. The British Geological Survey (BGS) said the tremor, which happened at 1.21pm, was being analysed. Brian Baptie, from the BGS, told Sky News: 'We get an earthquake of this size maybe roughly once every three years somewhere in the UK.'
A spate of sinkholes have appeared as the constant heavy rainfall has flooded much of the UK, Dr Vanessa Banks explains why this is happening and the warning signs to look out for that your property could be at risk... Dr Vanessa Banks of the British Geological Survey said that the holes appear when the layers of earth, gravel and clay above becoming so saturated with water they can no longer support their own weight.
Three homes have been evacuated in a street in North Yorkshire after a 25ft-wide (7.5m) sinkhole opened... Dr Vanessa Banks, from the British Geological Survey, explained to the BBC why recent heavy rainfall had led to an 'increased number' of sinkholes.
Sinkholes are appearing across Britain as rain batters the UK and floods continue to swamp some areas - but what are they, and is heavy rain really to blame for that sinking feeling? ... Dr Vanessa Banks from the British Geological Survey, told Channel 4 News: 'The ground is saturated at the moment, in certain parts of the country, and where it's saturated, it will remain saturated for some weeks, if not months.'