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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 8 01 September 2016

Wonder Working Waters



John Mather marks the ‘Year of Water’ by surveying the geology of Britain’s ‘holy wells’ and spas

Holy wells and spas

Thorney problem


Desmond Donovan tackles the mystery surrounding the true original course of the River Tyburn, and the identity and location of the fabled ‘Thorney Island’.

Mapping River Tyburn

Oman mangle



Sam Cornish, supported by the Society’s Annie Greenly Fund, has been unravelling subduction and exhumation in NE Oman

Oman mangle

SCARP - a Scottish Carboniferous research park

Graham Leslie* and Mike Browne** explore the opportunities that can be built on the legacy of Scotland’s Opencast coal.

SCARP site
Latest articles

Mineral Resources Economics and the Environment

While it superficially it has the look and heft...


Nautilus - beautiful survivor

Wolfgang Grulke, an author and collector based ...

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The Aqueous Chemistry of Oxides

The Earth is composed principally of oxides, an...

Woodhall Spa

Wonder-working waters

John Mather marks the 'Year of Water' by surveying the geology of Britain's 'holy wells' and spas.


Thorney problem

Desmond Donovan traces the hidden mysteries of London's River Tyburn and its lost tributaries.


Of giant leaps and mankind

Ted Nield wonders at our inability to imagine how ancient peoples managed without modern technologies.



Four new books reviewed by David Brook, John Milsom, Douglas Palmer and Tim Tubby

Allen and Coke medals

Society awards and other gongs

Make your nominations now - for Geological Society Awards 2017, and those of other societies

Martin Bennet

The right stuff

Martin Bennett asks – have you got what it takes to be a successful Exploration Manager?


Trend setters

Geologist and science writer Nina Morgan peer reviews a pioneering publisher

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.