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.



Climate change is real. Demand for energy is relentless. Never has it been more important to find new clean, secure and affordable ways of powering our future. The £31m UK Geoenergy Observatories is such an investment. It will create two research sites in Cheshire and in Glasgow that will advance understanding across geological disciplines and provide real environments for studying potential energy technologies.


11 February 2018

Scientists understand that Earth’s magnetic field has flipped its polarity many times over the millennia. Many disaster scenarios associated with geomagnetic pole reversals in popular imagination are pure fantasy. When the last pole switch happened, “no worldwide shifting of continents or other planet-wide disasters occurred, as geoscientists can testify to from fossil and other records,” said Alan Thompson, head of geomagnetism at the British Geological Survey.


6 February 2018

Research into extracting the lithium from brine in the tin mines has been given £850,000 worth of funding. The new project will use satellites to analyse images geology and vegetation, picking out the best places for further exploration – and cutting down on costs. British mining company Cornish Lithium is taking part in the project with the state-backed Satellite Applications Catapult, along with the British Geological Survey, the Camborne School of Mines and North Coast Consulting.


25 January 2018

Seismologists expect big earthquakes to hit Japan and California but are not able to say when it will happen. David Galloway, a seismologist at the British Geological Survey, studies earthquakes all over the globe. He told Mirror Online that it is only a matter of time before a big one strikes again. "We expect a big one to happen in Japan and another one in California. Stress has been building up over the years," he explained.


24 January 2018

A 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck around 160 miles (250 km) southeast of Chiniak, Alaska, at a depth of 25 km, at 9.31am GMT (12.31am local time) on Tuesday. Davie Galloway, a seismologist for the British Geological Survey (BGS), told Express.co.uk that following the most powerful quake near Alaska, there will be a stream of aftershocks that could have a similar impact.


23 January 2018

A Canary Islands volcano threatens to send a mountain cascading into the sea and triggering a monster tsunami. Professor David Tappin, a tsunami specialist at the British Geological Survey, told the Sun Online: "The UK has been impacted by tsunamis in the past. Their major hazard is that they can be generated at one location and then they can travel long distances across the ocean and still be dangerous."


23 January 2018

A £6.5m grant has been awarded to pump naturally-heated water from an old coal mine and use it to heat 150 homes. A feasibility study is ongoing until the end of February and the British Geological Survey has tested the temperature, chemistry and volume of water available. The scheme could eventually heat 1,000 homes and help cut energy bills in Wales' fifth most deprived ward.


19 January 2018

Study links heavy metal enrichment to destruction of housing in 1940s. Researchers from the British Geological Survey found that anomalous high calcium, lead and zinc levels in some parts of London were caused by the distribution of building dust and debris following the large-scale destruction of historic housing stock. These elements were widely used in paints, piping and mortar during the construction boom of the 19th century.


15 January 2018

The IIT Kharagpur has joined with three Ivy League universities for water urbanism project at Varanasi. Water urbanism is a geo-hydrological exploratory study of Varanasi, where river Ganga is integrated with the past and present of the ancient city and key to the growth of the city. A frontline team of the British Geological Survey are expected to join with Dr Martin Smith of BGS and Professor Abhijeet Mukherjee of IIT Kharagpur providing the geo hydrological insights to the exploration.


3 January 2018

As part of its 70th celebrations, the Geological Survey Northern Ireland is holding a symposium in W5, Belfast, to showcase its achievements over the decades and its commitment to public service.


30 December 2017