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Key questions and answers about British Geological Survey research for journalists and policy makers.

Carbon capture storage: BGS research
BGS is active in most areas of CO2 storage (carbon capture and storage)
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Emerging contaminants in groundwater
BGS is helping to protect groundwater by studying recently identified contaminants
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Environmental Baseline Monitoring in Lancashire
The British Geological Survey (BGS) has initiated a science-based environmental monitoring programme in The Fylde, Lancashire where planning applications were submitted by Cuadrilla for the development of shale gas. This monitoring is independent of the industry and regulators and represents the first independent, integrated monitoring programme to characterise the environmental baseline in an area subject to interest from the shale gas industry.
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Groundwater flooding
BGS science is helping to reduce disruption and expense caused by groundwater flooding
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Metals and Decarbonisation
The Metals and Decarbonisation Science Briefing Paper summarises the current paradigm for global metal supply and demand, and sets out some of the barriers and opportunities that this presents to the transition to a more sustainable, low carbon economy..
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Radioactive waste: BGS research
BGS research is contributing to the siting and design of long-term storage facilities
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Radioactive waste: siting a repository
The BGS is providing expert, impartial advice to government
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Shales Gas: BGS research
Shale gas clearly has potential in Britain but it will require geological and engineering expertise, investment and protection of the environment.
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What are landslides and what causes them?
At the BGS we’re experts in the location and properties of different rocks and soils. We know that mud- and clay-rich rocks are most susceptible to landslides and we also know where these rocks occur in the UK and how deep they are.
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Who owns geothermal heat?
Heat from the earth, or geothermal heat, arises from the heat dissipated from the centre of the earth and, at shallow depth, from heating by the sun. High-enthalpy (deep) geothermal heat is found within some granitic rocks due to slightly raised levels of the radiogenic isotopes of potassium, uranium and thorium.
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