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Recent updates to the BGS websites.


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The Africa Groundwater Atlas and Literature Archive aims to provide detailed and appropriate information on African groundwater resources to a range of stakeholders. The availability and accessibility of robust groundwater data and information is a major constraint to developing groundwater resources across Africa, and is an additional barrier to undertaking research. This project is funded by the UPGro programme.


15 April 2014

Carbon dioxide molecules
The British Geological Survey and the University of Nottingham have announced a new research facility; the Centre for Environmental Geochemistry. The Centre brings together existing facilities and groups within the two institutions to do research that can help address some of the most pressing problems we face in environmental change, the cycling of chemicals through soils and waters, and developing new tools to research the underground environment.


14 April 2014

BGS Staff at work in the laboratory
Round one of the BGS RFP Research Opportunities began in Spring of 2014 and applicants are invited to submit applications by 9 May 2014. Applications can consult our FAQs page to learn more about the application process.


25 March 2014

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COST Action TU1202: Addressing the impacts of climate change on engineered slopes for infrastructure

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18 March 2014

Landslide

In response to the work of the Natural Hazards Partnership, the BGS has prepared a number of Geohazard notes to provide relevant summary information for some of the geohazards that could affect the UK.

The Geohazard notes provide information on how and why the hazard occurs, how it is measured, locations susceptible to the hazard and possible worst case scenarios.

The notes also give details on how the BGS an collaborating organisations respond to such hazards.



6 March 2014

Mike Ellis

Professor Michael Ellis has been announced as the first Chair of the new Strategic Programme Advisory Group for NERC.



17 February 2014

Groundwater flooding

Groundwater levels in some regions of the UK are currently at record highs. This has resulted in ongoing groundwater flooding, particularly in the south and south-west of the UK.

This flooding is located on the Chalk outcrop and also on the floodplain gravels associated with the region’s major rivers.

Although groundwater levels, and the incidences of groundwater flooding, will decrease in the floodplain gravels once the rivers return to more normal flows, due to the nature of groundwater movement in the Chalk aquifer, groundwater flooding may persist in some areas for weeks or months ahead.

The winter of 2013– 14 has seen record rainfall in the UK. December rainfall was 154 per cent of the average for the month across the country. This was followed by the wettest January on record for Southern England.

Infiltration of December rain filled up much of the available storage in the ground (soil, gravels, rocks) in many areas. Much of the subsequent rainfall therefore had nowhere to go except to run off the land, moving quickly to rivers and resulting in widespread fluvial flooding.

More on Groundwater flooding: Feb 2014



14 February 2014

Sinkhole
The sinkhole that formed in the middle of the M2 on 11 February 2014 is situated about 350 metres to the south-east of the village of Erriottwood.

This whole area is underlain by chalk bedrock belonging to the Seaford Chalk Formation.

There are two possible causes of the hole: natural dissolution of the chalk or chalk mining. In some situations the two interact.

There is some evidence of local mining in this area and sinkholes are also common.

More about the geology of the Sinkhole in the middle of the M2


13 February 2014