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.



he go-ahead has been given to sink 50 boreholes as part of research into harnessing underground heat and steam power. Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) approved a British Geological Survey (BGS) application for a geoenergy observatory at Ince Marshes. The carbon-friendly power research was commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).


9 July 2019

New mapping has been carried out of hidden underground valleys around Scotland. The British Geological Survey (BGS) has published data it hopes other geologists will study to help develop their understanding. They said work now needs to be done to find out what is in the valleys.


5 July 2019

The tiny island, also known as Zalzala Koh, was formed after 2013 earthquake.'Earthquake island' was formed as a result off the coast of port city Gwadar. It has been slowly eroded and shrinking for six years and is now fully submerged. Richard Luckett a seismologist at the British Geological Survey said: 'The exact mechanism for this triggering is poorly understood but the fact that mud volcanoes often occur without a triggering earthquake suggests that little extra impetus is required.’


5 July 2019

Major landslides occur on the cliffs of East Yorkshire - some of the fastest eroding in Europe - every six to seven years, a study has concluded. Geologists found some 100m (330ft) stretches of the Holderness coast were losing enough cliff to fill two-and-a-half Olympic swimming pools a year. The 18-year study was carried out by the British Geological Survey (BGS). Researchers said it could help to forecast how landslides would respond to climate change predictions.


24 May 2019

Driven by the increasing number and severity of failures in flood defences, transportation and utilities earthworks, PRIME™ was developed by the BGS Geophysical Tomography Team when looking for solutions to better manage earthworks assets.


18 April 2019

Scientists have produced a new model to illustrate the December collapse of Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano and its subsequent tsunami. The results indicate that 0.2-0.4 cu km of material on the southwestern flank of the volcano must have slid into the sea to produce the destructive waves. The simulation matches well the high-water readings recorded at tide gauges on Sumatran and Javan coasts.


12 April 2019

An international consortium of public agencies led by ARGANS and including the British Geological Survey, has won a major project funded by the European Space Agency to develop innovative Earth Observation products/information. The project will enhance knowledge and monitoring capabilities of the coastal environment in response to the approaching challenges of climate change and rapid sea level rise.


8 April 2019

In this recent article in the Guardian, Rob Ward and Jon Ford of the British Geological Survey show that by working in partnership with organisations like the Environment Agency, we are prioritising our work to ensure that it delivers best value and multiple benefits to the country.


28 March 2019

One of the UK's most sinkhole-prone cities is to use 3D-mapping techniques to help planners cope with the problem. Ripon sits above a layer of gypsum, a water soluble rock which leads to the formation of large underground caves. Dr Vanessa Banks, of the British Geological Survey, said by 2020 it was hoped the map would be available to help scientists, developers and planners.


11 March 2019

Recent dry weather could have been a contributing factor in the rock fall which killed a nine-year-old girl in Staithes. Dr Helen Reeves, BGS, said: “Recent weeks have seen an increased number of cliff falls reported around our coastline in the UK”.


9 August 2018