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.



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

The British Geological Survey has amassed one of the world’s premier collections of geologic samples. It contains 3 million fossils gathered over more than 150 years at thousands of sites. But this data trove “was not very useful to anybody,” says Michael Stephenson, a BGS paleontologist. Paper notes about the samples and rocks “were sitting in boxes.” Now there is an international effort to meld earth science databases into a “geological Google.”


26 February 2019

A multimillionaire explorer who was the first to reach the deepest point of the Atlantic Ocean is preparing for his next dive in unmapped depths, thousands of metres below the surface. It is the job of geologist Heather Stewart at the British Geological Survey to find where the deepest point of South Sandwich Trench is.


14 January 2019

Rapid shifts in the Earth's north magnetic pole are forcing researchers to make an unprecedented early update to a model that helps ships, planes and submarines in the Arctic navigate, scientists said. "It's moving at about 50km a year. It didn't move much between 1900 and 1980 but it's really accelerated in the past 40 years," Ciaran Beggan, of the British Geological Survey, said.


13 January 2019

The British Geological Survey (BGS) has submitted a planning application to Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWACC) to site a UK Geoenergy Observatory at Ince Marshes in Cheshire. The submission comes as the country’s top geoscientists complete drilling of its first 199 m-deep borehole at the UK Geoenergy Observatory in Glasgow.


4 January 2019

The seminars at the recently-held CropTec event covered topics including crop protection, crop nutrition, crop breeding and crop establishment, and were a popular destination for farmers and agronomists alike. Soil, engineering and hydrological datasets are being combined to update and improve a free-to-use UK Soil Observatory website, said British Geological Survey’s Henry Holbrook.


14 December 2018

The first borehole is underway at the UK Geoenergy Observatory for Glasgow, Scotland, allowing scientists to 'see' underground at the world-class geothermal energy research site in the east end of the city. Lord Henley, the Undersecretary of State at the government's Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, was joined by representatives from NERC and the British Geological Survey (BGS), who are leading the project.


14 December 2018

It’s World Soil Day today, the annual awareness day run by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation. The event aims to raise awareness of the importance of soil quality for human well-being, food security and ecosystems.


5 December 2018

British geologists show that humans now move more materials than natural geological forces. To explore the magnitude of our effect on the planet, scientists from the British Geological Survey and the University of Leicester recently carried out three fascinating studies.


27 November 2018

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