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.



Scientists are looking to drill a hole into a volcano to try and harness its energy. Embarking on a unique journey, the Iceland Deep Drilling Project (IDDP) plans to exploit the Earth's inner heat, in a bid to power 5,000 homes. Dr. Jonathan Busby, team leader of renewables and energy security at the British Geological Survey, said that this type of energy extraction is good for the environment.


15 February 2017

An earthquake which hit Colchester and district in 1884 is the largest in British recorded history. National records kept by the British Geological Survey, dating back to one in the Midlands in 1048, indicate six earthquakes have been felt in Colchester.


8 February 2017

A NEW onshore-offshore bedrock geology map published for the seabed in Dorset will allow better understanding and identification of our coastline, according to scientists. The map of the eastern half of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site was published by the British Geological Survey and the University of Southampton.


8 February 2017

The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has awarded two contracts for offshore petroleum system-related studies on the UK continental shelf (UKCS) for East Shetland, and the area including the Celtic Sea, off southwest Ireland and the Bristol Channel known as the South West Approaches. Working in collaboration with the 21CXRM Technical Advisory Committee, OGA has awarded the contracts to the British Geological Survey (BGS) and geophysical data modellers Getech for South West Approaches.


6 February 2017

Of all the things to search for at the beach, I like pebbles best. Admittedly, this may not sound like much of a challenge. Most of the UK coastline is shingle. But, when you start to look closely, there is so much to find. “Pebble hunting is what geologists do on holiday,” Clive Mitchell of the British Geological Survey says approvingly when I ask him to come along and give me some tips.


6 February 2017

MORE than 45 national and regional Geological Survey Organizations (GSOs) from over 30 European countries, including the British Geological Survey (BGS), have joined forces to launch the Horizon 2020 ERA‐NET co-fund action ‘Establishing the European Geological Surveys research area to deliver a geological service for Europe (GeoERA)’, which has just begun and will complete in 2021.


4 February 2017

Geospatial data forms the foundation of mining. The rapidly evolving innovations in the geomatics sector are bringing previously unforeseen opportunities that will provide a major boost, both to mining surveyors and the mining industry as a whole. In 2013, Vale entered into a partnership with the British Geological Survey, which has played a major role in the use of virtual reality in mining.


1 February 2017

THE UK could be hit by a strong earthquake at any moment, according to a top seismologist who has warned which areas are more likely to be struck than others. An earthquake as high as 6.1 on the Richter Scale has hit Great Britain in the past and David Galloway of the British Geological Society said it could happen again. The seismologist told Express.co.uk: “There are 200 earthquakes [in the UK] every year. Only two per month are of a reasonable size felt by people on the street.


28 January 2017

Earth’s huge store of water might have originated via chemical reactions in the mantle. That’s the upshot of a computer simulation of reactions in Earth’s upper mantle between liquid hydrogen and quartz, the most common and stable form of silica in this part of the planet. “These results provide important insights into the reactions between quartz and hydrogen at high pressures,” says John Ludden, executive director of the British Geological Survey.


27 January 2017

A consortium of experts from India, Italy and Britain have selected Darjeeling-East Sikkim and Nilgiris for studies to develop tools and services aiding early warning systems and improving resilience to landslides in India. The programme christened 'LANDSLIP' comprises scientists from 9 organisations and is led by Helen Reeves from the British Geological Survey. "It will provide new knowledge and information on landslide risk reduction in India and South Asia."


20 January 2017