Planet Earth stories

There are 80 item(s) tagged with the keyword "Geology".

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1. Uncovering energy hidden in the cracks

The discovery of an alternative source of oil in the Scottish Highlands could help the UK meet its spiralling energy needs.

Tags: Environmental change, Geology, Natural resources, UK
2. Scientists closing in on source of Shetland tsunamis

Shetland has been hit by at least two more tsunamis in the past 10,000 years than previously thought, and scientists are working to identify where the giant waves originated.

Tags: Flooding, Geology, Hazards, Mapping, Oceans, Soils, Tsunamis, UK
3. Under the faultlines

As part of a series of interviews with new NERC Independent Research Fellows, Craig Magee tells us about the portability of being a fellow and why he's going underground to uncover the science behind volcanic eruptions.

Tags: Earth observation, Earthquakes, Geology, Hazards, Volcanoes
4. Mining for answers in the ocean's archives

With a death toll of more than 250,000 people, the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004 was one of the most devastating disasters of recent history.

Tags: Earthquakes, Geology, Hazards, Mapping, Oceans, Tsunamis
5. Building an offshore wind farm

Mapping the seabed off the northeast coast of the UK to help find the best site for future offshore wind energy developments.

Tags: Climate, Geology, Mapping, Oceans, Sustainability, Technology, UK
6. Good pointers

When you open up the mapping app on your smartphone, a little blue dot appears showing where you are. Out one side, a little shadow shows which way you're facing. Type in your destination and it leads the way. It knows if you pause and it knows when to tell you to turn.

Tags: Geology, Mapping, Technology
7. Solving the mystery of Shetland's tsunami sands

Shetland's wild, rugged landscape has long fascinated scientists, but for one British Geological Survey marine geologist, it's the seabed around the islands that have ignited his interest.

Tags: Flooding, Geology, Hazards, Mapping, Oceans, Soils, Tsunamis, UK
8. X-rays of Scotland's seabed reveal how Ice Age ended

Scientists have X-rayed sediment cores taken from the seabed around the coast of North West Scotland and Shetland to solve the mystery of what happened to Scotland's ice sheet at the end of the Ice Age.

Tags: Climate, Environmental change, Geology, Ice, Oceans, Technology, UK
9. Revealing the UK's hidden depths

Underneath the Earth's surface lies a wealth of resources. But will the way we currently use them give us problems in the future? Dr Ciaran Beggan, Dr Andrew Barkwith and Dr Caroline Graham at the British Geological Survey (BGS) explain why we need a clearer picture.

Tags: Adaptation and mitigation, Geology, Mapping, Natural resources, Technology, UK
10. Groundwater: The threat beneath our feet

Groundwater is the ultimate invisible asset. Originating in rain and snowfall that works its way down into soil and rock, it supports key ecosystems and meets the water needs of millions. But it can also pose a potential flood risk.

Tags: Flooding, Geology, Hazards, Mapping, Water, Weather

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