News stories about BGS

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.



With huge thanks to the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh, we now have a magnetometer in our school, collecting real data about the Earth’s magnetic field strength and uploading it online. They already have some magnetometers buried underground at different latitudes in the UK but did not have any across different longitudes, and, happily for us, we were keen to place these new ones in schools.


20 September 2016

A researcher from the University of Cambridge is on the Bonavista Peninsula to get a better understanding of what's left of some of the oldest organisms in the history of life on earth. Paleontologist Emily Mitchell is using a hand-held laser to map thousands of large, complex fossils — dating from about 560 million years ago. During the three weeks spent in Newfoundland, Mitchell and her colleagues from Memorial University and the British Geological Survey will have mapped about 4000 fossils.


18 September 2016

Andrew Bloodworth, director for minerals and waste at the British Geological Survey, said the potential prizes, and environmental pitfalls, of opening the new frontier were considerable.“We have known about these deposits for 30 or 40 years but it’s only relatively recently that you have had this massive increase in demand, and the technology has been available, that people start looking in more difficult areas,” he said.


12 September 2016

North Korea nuclear testing did not trigger a 5.3 magnitude earthquake – the blast released energy equivalent to what an earthquake of this size would have. A number of reports emerged saying an earthquake has been triggered. But this is not the case. Davie Galloway, a seismologist with the British Geological Survey, told IBTimes UK that explosions appear on seismographs in the same way earthquakes do – but that it is very easy to distinguish between the two.


9 September 2016

Scottish scientists are among a team of experts travelling to Italy to study aftershocks after the devastating earthquake that killed nearly 300 people there last week.Project leader Dr Margarita Segou, of the BGS, said: “Large earthquakes are always followed by aftershocks, which can severely hamper emergency response and are sources of concern for the displaced population. “The aim of this immediate scientific response is to improve our understanding of aftershock sequences."


31 August 2016

Scientists find high salt and arsenic concentrations in an aquifer that 750 million people rely on for drinking water and irrigation. “We worked with teams of scientists in Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, and Nepal—who brought together data already being measured in these countries,” said hydrogeologist Alan MacDonald of the British Geological Survey, who led the study. “This was the first time at this scale that these scientists had pooled data across the whole of the aquifer.”


31 August 2016

Our impact on Earth is now so significant that we should declare an entirely distinct geological epoch - the Anthropocene - according to the Working Group on the Anthropocene (WGA). “Being able to pinpoint an interval of time is saying something about how we have had an incredible impact on the environment of our planet,” Dr Colin Waters, principal geologist at the British Geological Survey and WGA secretary, told The Guardian.


31 August 2016

As much as 60% of the groundwater in the Indo-Gangetic basin contains salt and arsenic in high concentration, scientists have warned. “With the right treatment, polluted groundwater can be used for irrigation and drinking. However, first we need to know if a tube well has high arsenic concentrations or other pollutants ― so there needs to be good water testing and monitoring,” team leader Alan MacDonald from the British Geological Survey told DH.


30 August 2016

Part of the toy firm’s new Volcano Explorers campaign, Ruzo will feature in the new sets that are being incorporated into school teaching plans as part of the initiative to encourage kids’ into scientific exploration. LEGO City is also working with the British Geological Survey in a public programme to include volcanology videos, a schools geology competition and inclusion at regional Dynamic Earth events as well as social media targeting.


30 August 2016

The notion that we have entered a new geological age is real and should be formally recognised, according to an international report. Colin Waters from the British Geological Survey is secretary to the Anthropocene Work Group (AWG). He presented the progress report to the 35th International Geological Congress in South Africa.


30 August 2016