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.



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

A sinkhole in a Devon town centre has tripled in size leaving a main road closed. According to the British Geological Survey: “There are several different types of sinkhole — sometimes called dolines.


24 December 2017

A research project to develop landslip hazard assessments and early warning systems is to be undertaken in the Nilgiris as well as in Darjeeling-East Sikkim districts in the Eastern Himalayas. The British Geological Survey revealed that “physical scientists, engineers and social scientists” from nine organisations in the United Kingdom, Italy and India would be collaborating to improve the assessment of landslip hazards and early warning systems.


20 December 2017

A ghost ship set adrift by the 2011 Japanese tsunami has washed ashore in the US. The unidentified fishing vessel, which is marked with Japanese lettering, was found within the Arcadia Beach State Recreation Site in Oregon. Professor David Tappin of the British Geological Survey – who was one of the first foreigners to assess the damage to Japan back in 2011 – describes the ship's journey.


20 December 2017

Dr Holly Miller from the University of Nottingham and the British Geological Survey was involved in the detailed macroscopic and chemical analysis of the teeth, bones and tail hair, which reveal the stresses and strains of captive life and provide insights into how Jumbo might have died. She performed the laboratory work with Dr Angela Lamb from the British Geological Survey as part of CEG, and spent a day filming with Sir David Attenborough in Keyworth.


7 December 2017

As tremors continue in the Aegean, the British Geological Survey’s Debbie Rayner recounts her experience of a magnitude 6.6 earthquake which struck during a family holiday on Kos earlier this year…


28 November 2017

The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, receiving some legacy geological records at the British Geological Survey in Keyworth, Nottingham, UK on Tuesday.


28 November 2017

The Mahavir Cancer Sansthan & Research Centre has bagged an international project on arsenic remediation. The hospital would be part of an international project on remediation of groundwater arsenic in Ganga river basin, which would be jointly funded by the Natural Environment Research Council,(one of the leading funds provider for independent research on environmental issues) and Union ministry of science and technology.


24 November 2017