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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 27 No 3 01 April 2017

Artisanal mining training in Africa

Addressing the many challenges of artisanal mining needs a step-change in education, says Felix Toteu.*

Mining Production chart

The enlightened Mr Parkinson

Cherry Lewis* examines the geological life and work of Society Founder and medical pioneer, James Parkinson

Fossils_ Parkinson

Game of Drones

Adrian Wilkinson* discusses point-cloud surveys and drones and how data capture is being adopted by the geoscientific professions.

Limestone cliff survey

A New CPD System

John Talbot & Chris Eccles (Chartership Committee) set out the features of a new, simplified, less time-consuming scheme.

New CPD for 2017
Latest articles

John Phillips's Lithographic Notebook

A review of a book about the history of lithogr...


Magmatic Rifting and Active Volcanism

The association of magmatism with the extension...


The Earth in Human Hands, Shaping Our Planet’s Future

Astrobiology is a niche area of Earth sciences ...


Developments in Engineering Geology

The 20 chapters in this volume are a series of ...


The man who built the Sierra Club: a life of David Brower

At 406 pages this is a large volume that provid...

Geology of Japan


Six new books reviewed by Ted Nield, Jonathan Scafidi, James Montgomery, Richard porter, Desmond Donovan and David Nowell.



Geologist and science writer Nina Morgan sifts through the evidence behind the biggest fossil hoax of the 20th Century

Sarah Day

Profile - External Relations Team

From Fossil Festivals to government consultation responses, the Geological Society is involved in more outward facing activities than ever, writes Sarah Day.

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

2017 Book Reviews

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Book Reviews

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

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