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.



Plans are being put in place to examine a vast reservoir of warm water that fills the mines and rock layers underneath the city in the hope of harnessing the natural heat store. Professor Michael Stephenson, director of science of the British Geological Survey (BGS), which is funding the project, said: 'The rocks below Glasgow are crisscrossed with tunnels that were hewed into the rock by coalminers in the 19th and 20th century.'


10 April 2018

It’s a blustery winter day on the English coast and Nicola Bayless is walking along the Happisburgh cliffs with her daughter Darcy, surveying the damage after a recent storm. The North Sea has been eating away at Happisburgh’s cliffs for 5,000 years. Estimates put the average historical rate of erosion at somewhere between one and three feet per year, according to Catherine Pennington, a geologist with the British Geological Survey.


5 April 2018

An earthquake which left many residents in Mole Valley and near Horley feeling "shakes" and "quivers" is the first ever to be recorded in Surrey. Hitting a magnitude of 2.7 on the Richter scale with a depth of 5km, the British Geological Survey (BGS) confirmed it is the first to be based in the county, with its epicentre in Newdigate in the Mole Valley. BGS seismologist David Galloway said it was "rare" for an earthquake to take place in the south-east region.


2 April 2018

VITAL research is underway to help to tackle alarming levels of arsenic in food and drink in parts of India and Bangladesh. A team from Salford, Manchester, Birmingham, the British Geological Survey and four institutes in India including the National Institute of Hydrology have received funding from NERC, the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council to find methods to better predict arsenic levels in water.


26 March 2018

A new 45-mile trail exploring three billion years of geological history is being launched on a Highland peninsula. The Geotrail in Coigach will offer some of the best viewpoints of the west coast near Achiltibuie. The trail has been produced in collaboration with the North West Highlands Geopark and the British Geological Survey.


26 March 2018

A 2-billion-year-old chunk of sea salt provides new evidence for the transformation of Earth's atmosphere into an oxygenated environment capable of supporting life as we know it. The study by an international team of institutions including Princeton University found that the rise in oxygen that occurred about 2.3 billion years ago, known as the Great Oxidation Event, was much more substantial than previously indicated.


22 March 2018

Black clay deposit indicates the London suburb was once a woodland marsh by the sea. Dave Entwistle, an engineering geologist at the British Geological Survey said it was very unusual to find such deposits in that area.


16 March 2018

A minor earthquake has been recorded in Gwynedd, the British Geological Survey has said. It was described as a "definite but indistinct low frequency audible rumble". It was of 2.7 magnitude - a level classed as only able to cause minor damage.


9 March 2018

A MASSIVE 5.3-magnitude earthquake has hit Papua New Guinea – raising fears that the Big One is about to hit the region. David Galloway, a seismologist at the British Geological Survey, has recently revealed fears the so-called Ring of Fire is about to “snap”. He said: "We expect a big one to happen in Japan and another one in California. Stress has been building up over the years."


6 March 2018

The news that Brits are living on shaky ground comes after a 4.6 quake struck in Wales last week, and was reported to be the strongest to have hit the UK in 10 years. The British Geological Survey has registered the specific location of the quake to be the village of Cwmllynfell near Swansea. BGS figures show that four others struck in Cwmllynfell the same day.


25 February 2018