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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...

April 2011


Dorset's Olympic dream

it's time to build a Visitor Centre for the Jurassic Coast, says Ted Nield


Finger of blame?

David White points the finger of blame for Deepwater Horizon...



Aged arthropods keep their cuticles

amazing preservation of fossil molecules. Ted Nield reports


Slimeball Earth

Sarah Day reports on the earliest known complex lifeforms


EarthLearningIdea success!

EarthLearningIdea publishes its 100th downloadable activity


Geotechnical firm guilty

UK geotechnical consultants become first company found guilty under corporate manslaughter legislation


Society News

New Honorary Fellows

two new Fellows are elected


Illustrations of the Geologic Scenery of Purbeck by Philip Brannon (date unknown)

Michael McKimm discusses another unusual book from the Society's Library collection



Bhutan contact - geology on the roof of the world

Tom Argles joined Clare Warren on a trek into the heart of the Himalaya, with support from the Society's Mike Coward Fund


Lino beauty

Ted Nield meets Jean Slee-Smith, geologist and linocut artist. Reader Special Offer!


Online Special

Online Special - Literature & Geology by Rebecca Welshman

Essay - Literature and Geology, by Rebecca Welshman. Co-Author of a reviewed book on the interplay between place and art


Online Special - Rock & ice: Eyjafjallajökull and Climate Change

News and Views from AGU Fall Meeting 2010, by Fabian B Wadsworth


Onine Special - Tectonic crossroads, by Sarah Beijat

A melange of Turkish delights Or the misadventures of two undergrads from the University of Portsmouth who take a journey into the depths of geological research. By Sarah Biejat and Nicola Willmot Noller


Books & Arts

Three Reviews

Three reviews of recently-published maps, books and a new exhibition, by David Nowell, Sarah Day and (Online Special) Ted Nield


Gordale Scar, by James Ward (1769-1859)

Alexis Drahos explores a classic of Romantic English landscape imagery



Cadman honoured in his own land

Hugh Torrens reports


Bacon researches Savage history

an appeal for information about a geological ancestor


Pennies from heaven

Nina Morgan on the starry messangers



Rhys Glyn Davies 1923—2010

Rhys Glyn Davies 1923—2010


Richard Welch Murphy 1929-2010

Richard Welch Murphy 1929-2010