December News

Folded Skiddaw Slates at the River Caldew SSSI

In these Covid-ridden times it’s great to be able to get out on the fells for some fieldwork. Natural England, as a member of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, is currently carrying out a Geological Conservation Review of many of the country’s geological Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI’s). As part of this we are…

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November News

GRL and Durham University areas of active work in geothermal

As the energy transition becomes progressively more established, many industry geoscientists are considering how the commercial landscape is likely to change in upcoming years, and how the current structural reorganisation from oil and gas to energy companies might impact on the global need for geologists. Characterisation of fracture systems is one of GRL’s core areas…

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October News

Carbon capture, usage and storage is set to be a key element in UK efforts to become carbon neutral

A decade ago CCUS (carbon capture, usage and storage) had a high profile, even in the mainstream media, and looked poised to be adopted as a key technology in global and national efforts to mitigate the effects of CO2-related climate change. At that time we worked as part of a large consortium (LR Senergy, British…

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September News Update

Screenshot from our Virtual Field-Trip to SE Spain for Durham University

There’s so much great geology to see via Google Earth! Areas of active tectonism often provide some of the best case studies for demonstrating the close relationship between landscape and geodynamics. This month we’ve helped colleagues in Earth Sciences at Durham University to run a virtual fieldtrip to the Betics in southern Spain, using Google…

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September News

Geology map and cross-section of the Weald Basin, SE England

Great to see the results from our GNSS and lidar monitoring of the Humbly Grove gas storage site in southern England published this month in First Break. Our ground motion monitoring, together with InSAR, provided high definition temporal and spatial constraint on any surface displacements over an 18 month period (i.e. more than one complete…

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August News

The new (old!) 1950’s Spain’s Field Farm, now rebuilt at Beamish Museum

Beamish – The Living Museum of the North – is one of UK’s (and GRL’s!) favourite tourist attractions. Despite Covid restrictions, the museum is still open for business, and it’s great to see that work is continuing apace to complete the exciting expansion plans that were formulated long before lock-down. One part of the new…

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July News Update

GNSS and InSAR data record fault offsets on east flank of Etna, December 2018

It seems strange not to be out-and-about at conferences, workshops and trade meetings during these strange times of Covid-lockdown, though we’ve all managed to adapt rapidly to the new normal of communication via Skype, Zoom and Teams. This month we’ve enjoyed presenting some of our latest monitoring technologies remotely to the Northern regional group of…

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July News

Scaling relationship for fracture apertures from boreholes in basement

The latest in a long line of papers on fracture systems in basement rocks has just been posted in the “Online First” section of the Journal of the Geological Society of London. Following-on from Bob Holdsworth’s recent papers on the Lancaster field (see here and here), in the paper posted today Ken McCaffrey has collated…

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June News

High heat-flow from fractured geothermal reservoir rocks in the Philippines

More research on fractured reservoirs just published in the Journal of the Geological Society, London. The latest paper is from Loraine Pastoriza’s PhD work to characterise fracture attributes in a geothermal reservoir at Southern Negros in the Philippines. Situated on an active plate margin, the high heat flow in the Philippines is a viable geothermal…

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May News

Schematic depiction of progressive formation of Zechstein collapse breccias

Great to see this important multi-disciplinary work on fractured Zechstein reservoirs appear in print in Geological Society Special Publication 494. A big effort from Susie and GRL colleagues – along with major input from Maurice Tucker, Michael Mawson, Bob Holdsworth, and Jon Gluyas.

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