BGS in the media

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.



A LANDSLIDE that caused two acres of farmland to slip away has caved in a stretch of road near Pencombe...

Several metres of concrete drive sunk away, closing the road until May and leaving a dramatic hole on the approach to popular tourist spot Shortwood Farm, just off the A417...

The British Geological Survey indicates that, with winter rainfall increasing, these incidents are becoming more frequent.



9 April 2014

LONDON, April 2 (Reuters) - Mining firms are looking favourably at Britain as a project destination with deposits of strategic metals leading a small mining revival following the launch of the country's first new metal mine in 45 years...

"The Wolf Minerals investment has catalysed other people to come and look for deposits in the UK," said Andrew Bloodworth, science director for minerals and waste at the British Geological Survey (BGS).

Bloodworth said an ongoing geophysical survey by the BGS to map soils and rocks in the country's southwest has received interest from the mining community, as the industry seeks out alternative supplies for strategic metals.



2 April 2014

Blow to Government attempts to increase public support for fracking as report by academics from British Geological Survey and Durham University warns that wells could leak.

Shale gas exploration could lead to water contamination because wells may leak underground, a study backed by the British Geological Survey has warned. More than six per cent of wells in a major shale exploration region in Pennsylvania have reported some kind of leak, analysis by independent academic group Researching Fracking in Europe (ReFINE) found.



25 March 2014

This morning Years 5 and 6 had a fascinating few hours learning from the geologists at the BGS. In a fast moving and inspiring carousel of hands on activities we were taken back in time and taught some of the many lessons we have learned from the science and history of our earth.

The staff of BGS shared their knowledge and encouraged our curiosity; teaching us (amongst other things) how to pan for gold, shake the floor to register an earthquake on the Richter scale and separate particles in a centrifuge.



19 March 2014

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.



7 March 2014

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.



5 March 2014

Ahead of the Jisc Digital Festival next week, for which Times Higher Education is media partner, five experts predict the innovations and trends that are set to change the face of higher education and research in the coming years.

Mike Howe, chief curator at the National Geological Repository, British Geological Survey:

'As more and more resources, data and information become digitised and available online, I believe the use of 3D printing will expand in higher education and research.'



5 March 2014

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.



4 March 2014

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



26 February 2014

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.



24 February 2014