Planet Earth stories
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- 1. 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.
- 2. 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.
- 3. 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.
- 4. 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.
- 5. 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.
- 6. Earthquakes and eruptions in Iceland
Geoscientists at the University of Cambridge are uncovering how volcanic activity in Iceland causes earthquakes.
- 7. Modelling our landscape in 3D
Drones are helping NERC's British Geological Survey understand and monitor areas that are susceptible to landslides around the UK.
- 8. Communicating volcano risk
Researchers have created films aimed at reducing volcanic risk in societies threatened by eruptions.
- 9. Spotlight on soils
2015 was the International Year of Soils. It's not the most glamorous area of science, but it's vital to just about every aspect of our lives - as Janet Moxley and Nicole Archer explain.
- 10. The human epoch
Humans have only been part of Earth's history for the blink of a geological eye, but in that time we have made a profound mark on the planet. Fifty years ago we were starting to realise the extent of our influence; today we are debating whether it has moved Earth into a new geological epoch. Alex Peel explains what's behind the concept.
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