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British Geological Survey brings maps, images and more to the web for free 7 December 2009

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Carsaig Arches, Mull. Volcanic rocks. Taken by Valentine & Sons, 1892. (NERC)

The British Geological Survey has brought a huge range of British geological data to the web for free at its new OpenGeoscience site. The site offers data, educational material, maps, pictures, reports and software free of charge for non-commercial private study, research and educational purposes. Among the resources available are tens of thousands of images via GeoScenic from the UK national geological photographic archive (of great historical as well as scientific interest), and map tools that integrate with Google Maps and Google Earth to show the geology underlying British streets, houses and feet.

Hypocentre has a detailed review of OpenGeoscience here.

Image: Carsaig Arches on the Isle of Mull. Lots of lovely volcanic rocks. Photograph taken by Valentine & Sons in 1892. From GeoScenic, courtesy British Geological Survey. Catalogue reference P232614.

British geology maps now free to explore on website – BBC News, 7 December 2009
In pictures: British geology – BBC News, 7 December 2009

OpenGeoscience – geoscience data for free from the British Geological Survey
British Geological Survey – British Geological Survey website
National Environment Research Council – website for the NERC, of which the BGS is a part

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Watching volcanoes: Natural Environment Research Council podcast 19 May 2009

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The Natural Environment Research Council ‘is the UK’s main agency for funding and managing research, training and knowledge exchange in the environmental sciences’ (says the NERC ‘what we do’ page). The NERC is responsible for the British Antarctic Survey and the British Geological Survey, among many many other things, and has a strong commitment to natural hazards research, including (of course) volcanoes. To give a notable current example of the NERC’s involvement in this field, it provided emergency funding for the recent important studies of ashfall at Chaitén carried out by a University of Oxford research team.

All this is by way of background, and to point out that if you’re interested in volcanological and natural hazards research, the NERC is an agency to watch. Today there’s a new podcast available on the NERC’s Planet Earth Online environmental news service: ‘Watching volcanoes’. In the podcast (duration 6 min 42 sec) Richard Hollingham talks to Dr Sue Loughlin and Dr Kathryn Goodenough of the British Geological Survey about how studying currently active volcanoes (Montserrat) and the remains of ancient volcanoes (Edinburgh) informs our knowledge of volcanic processes and improves our ability to forecast future volcanic behaviour. It’s a model of clear exposition and an excellent example of scientific outreach.

The Planet Earth podcast – ‘Watching volcanoes’ (18 May 2009)

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