Press releases

Press releases and announcements are compiled and issued by the BGS Press Office.


Landslide at Burton Bradstock
Research carried out by scientists at the British Geological Survey, in association with the University of Rhode Island and the University of Tokyo, has revealed that a submarine landslide contributed to the enormity of the 2011 tsunami in Japan. Published this week in Marine Geology, the research explores the large scale of the tsunami and that a second tsunami, probably triggered by a submarine landslide caused by the initial 9.1 magnitude earthquake, occurred offshore in the Tohoku region adding to the severity of the wave.


1 October 2014

Carbon dioxide molecules

This week in Nature Climate Change an international team of scientists have published results of the first ever sub-sea carbon dioxide impact, detection and monitoring experiment relevant to Carbon dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS) in sub-seabed storage reservoirs.



29 September 2014

BGS Edinburgh Open Day

The British Geological Survey (BGS) in Edinburgh invite you to their Doors Open Day where scientists and support staff will be demonstrating their experiments, exhibits and equipment on Saturday 27th September 2014. This is the last Open Doors day at Murchison House, the Scottish HQ of the BGS for over 30 years, as staff leave for their new office at the Riccarton Campus of Heriot-Watt in 2016. Murchison will be open to the public from 10am to 5pm as part of this year’s event.



25 September 2014

Carbon dioxide molecules
Every year, the British Science Festival takes to a different city to unveil the mysteries of science, engineering and technology to children and adults alike. This year, scientists from across the UK will be lifting the lid on carbon capture and storage (CCS), a technology that can gather the greenhouse gas, CO2, from power plants and store it deep underground.


3 September 2014

Minecraft screenshot
The British Geological Survey (BGS) has reproduced the geology of mainland Great Britain and surrounding islands within the world of Minecraft. Inspired by the Ordnance Survey (OS) map released a year ago, this map shows the OS map data on the surface and the real geology beneath, right down to the bedrock. You’ll be able to look over the white cliffs of Dover, climb to the top of Ben Nevis and scour over the ancient volcanoes of the Scottish Isles.


27 August 2014

BGS Research Fellowship Programme
A recent study by the British Geological Survey, in association with researchers at the University of Leicester, has delved into the bone and tooth chemistry of King Richard III and uncovered fascinating new details about the life and diet of Britain’s last Plantagenet king


17 August 2014

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The British Geological Survey (BGS) in partnership with The Environment Agency (EA) have today, for the first time, published a series of maps which show the depth to each shale gas and oil source rock below principal groundwater aquifers in England and Wales. Understanding the distance between the two is important when assessing the environmental risks of shale gas and oil exploitation.


3 July 2014

Phase transition © iStockphoto.com/Grasko
The British Geological Survey (BGS) in association with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has completed an estimate for the amount of shale gas and oil in the Midland Valley of Scotland.


30 June 2014

Weald Basin Study Area

The British Geological Survey (BGS) in association with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has completed an estimate for the amount of shale oil and shale gas in the Weald Basin in south-east England.

The estimate is in the form of a range to reflect geological uncertainty. The range of shale oil in place is estimated to be between 2.20 and 8.57 billion barrels (bbl) or 293 and 1143 million tonnes, but the central estimate for the resource is 4.4 billion bbl or 591 million tonnes.

No significant gas resource is recognised using the current geological model.



23 May 2014

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The Tellus South West survey project proudly launches its new maps and data on the 20th May at the Holiday Inn, Plymouth. The project has mapped the soils, rocks, landscape and ecology of Devon and Cornwall to unprecedented depth and detail. The maps and data can be freely downloaded online, and provide the counties with world-leading information on their natural resources, landscape and environment that will be used by businesses, government and scientists for many years to come.


19 May 2014