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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 5 01 June 2016

UNESCO Geoparks in the UK - a new opportunity

Kirstin Lemon, British Geological Survey and Vice-Chair of the United Kingdom Committee for UNESCO Global Geoparks outlines the present and future state of UNESCO Geoparks in the UK.

UNESCO Geoparks

Christchurch five years on

Camilla Gibbons describes progress since the damaging earthquakes that hit the New Zealand city in 2010-11.

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Explosive Earth

Jennifer Woods and Robert White of the Cambridge Volcano Seismology group re-live the drama of the 2014 Bárðarbunga−Holuhraun dyke intrusion.

Erupting Volcano




Ana Maria Alonso-Zarza and friends describe Spain’s hugely successful field-based outreach programme ‘Geology day’

Spanish Geology Day
Latest articles

Tertiary Deep-Marine Reservoirs of the North Sea Region

This excellent compilation offers a valuable ov...


Aspects of the Sedimentology of South Wales

Aspects of the Sedimentology of South Wales fol...


The Wood for the Trees

Someone should perhaps write a book about the t...


Water Security - Principles, Perspectives and Practices

The title and cover page first invited me to wa...

Big Ben

Policy update

Flo Bullough reviews policy-related activity at the Society

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Schools Geology Challenge

Ellie Comer (Whitchurch High Sch, Cardiff) writes from Wales, where the Schools Geo Challenge began.

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Office closure

The Geological Society (Burlington House and Bath offices) will be closed all day for staff training on Friday 17 June.


Research grants 2016

The Research Grants Committee has recommended to the FPC that over £31,000 be awarded to 26 applicants.

Malcolm Brown

The optimistic explorer

Society President, Malcolm Brown, talks to Ted Nield over coffee and croissants at Piccadilly’s Café Richoux.

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UNESCO Global Geoparks in the UK - a new opportunity

Kirstin Lemon considers the present and future of UK UNESCO Geoparks.

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The votes are in!

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