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Bruce Yardley appointed Chief Geologist

Bruce Yardley (Leeds University) has been appointed Chief Geologist by The Radioactive Waste Management Directorate (RWMD) of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

Chartership news

Chartership Officer Bill Gaskarth reports on a projected new logo for use by CGeols, advice on applications and company training schemes

Climate Change Statement Addendum

The Society has published an addendum to 'Climate Change: Evidence from the Geological Record' (November 2010) taking account of new research

Cracking up in Lincolnshire

Oliver Pritchard, Stephen Hallett, and Timothy Farewell consider the role of soil science in maintaining the British 'evolved road'

Critical metals

Kathryn Goodenough* on a Society-sponsored hunt for the rare metals that underpin new technologies

Déja vu all over again

As Nina Morgan Discovers, the debate over HS2 is nothing new...

Done proud

Ted Nield hails the new refurbished Council Room as evidence that the Society is growing up

Earth Science Week 2014

Fellows - renew, vote for Council, and volunteer for Earth Science Week 2014!  Also - who is honoured in the Society's Awards and Medals 2014.

Fookes celebrated

Peter Fookes (Imperial College, London) celebrated at Society event in honour of Engineering Group Working Parties and their reports

Geology - poor relation?

When are University Earth Science departments going to shed their outmoded obsession with maths, physics and chemistry?

Nancy Tupholme

Nancy Tupholme, Librarian of the Society and the Royal Society, has died, reports Wendy Cawthorne.

Power, splendour and high camp

Ted Nield reviews the refurbishment of the Council Room, Burlington House

The Sir Archibald Geikie Archive at Haslemere Educational Museum

You can help the Haslemere Educational Museum to identify subjects in Sir Archibald Geikie's amazing field notebook sketches, writes John Betterton.

Top bananas

Who are the top 100 UK practising scientists?  The Science Council knows...

This month's issue
Volume 26 No 4 02 May 2016

Charter Flight

Stuart Millis* on the Chartered Geologist overseas – a Hong Kong perspective

Chartership in Hong Kong

After Coal

After the closure of Kellingley, what does the Coal Authority do?

Richard Hughes and Steven Kershaw* talk to Geoscientist.

What to do with Coal?

Changing Climate

As geologist and science writer Nina Morgan discovers, attitudes about climate change are changing.

C02 Agreement in Paris

Hardstoft - Britain's First Oilfield

Jonathan Craig1, Jon Gluyas2, Cameron Laing3 and Philip Schofield4, commemorate Britain’s first onshore well, ahead of a major conference.

Oil Fields and Churchill
Latest articles
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The Oracle of Oil: A Maverick Geologist's Quest for a Sustainable Future

In The Oracle of Oil, Mason Inman has highlight...

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The Abyss of Time

In his latest book, Paul Lyle presents a learne...

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Geology and Archaeology - Submerged Landscapes of the Continental Shelf

Changes in sea-level have been a major control ...

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Chemical Fundamentals of Geology and Environmental Geoscience

Since the first appearance in 1989 of ‘Ch...

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They do things differently there

The past is indeed a foreign country, to misquo...

Ted with the Smith Map

Field versus mouse

Ted Nield believes the debate about fieldwork is too easily - and falsely - polarised, and that this issue is proof.


Distant Thunder - Modest proposals

As geologist and science writer Nina Morgan can testify, scientific modesty can cloud conclusions



Four new books reviewed by Nathan Allen, Colin Summerhayes, Mark Griffin and Ted Nield


Need - or enjoyment?

Is field work actually essential to making good geologists?  Or do we pretend it is because we enjoy it?  Martin Carruthers reflects on access for all.

William Smith Portrait

William Smith - 200 years of geomodelling celebrated at IAMG

200 years of Geomodelling: The International Association for Mathematical Geosciences (IAMG) commemorates William Smith and 200 years of geomodelling with the Geological Society London

GSL logo with waves

The votes are in!

The votes have been counted for the 2016 - 17 Council elections and the results are in.
Society Meeting 1830

The History of the Society

The Society was inaugurated on 13 November 1807 at a dinner at the Freemasons Tavern... Read more about the history of the Geological Society. 


Online Book Reviews

2016 Book Reviews

Have a read, and if you're a Fellow consider reviewing one yourself.

May 2011

Geoscientist Archive

Look through previous Geoscientist issues from 2007 to the present.

Book Reviews

Disaster Deferred - a new view of Earthquake Hazards in the New Madrid Seismic Zone. (2012) by Seth Stein

Geoscientist has a number of books available for Fellows to review. We also invite publishers to send us books to be reviewed.