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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...

General sketch of the physical and geological features of British India

Greenough India

Geoscientist 22.03 April 2012

Visitors to Burlington House will be familiar with George Bellas Greenough’s ‘1819’ (actually 1820) geological map of England and Wales, which hangs in the entrance hall next to the more famous 1815 map by William Smith. Perhaps less familiar to them will be Greenough’s map of India, which was the major achievement of his later years and the first geological map of the entire Indian subcontinent. Printed on nine sheets, with a complete measurement of 3.2 x 2.7 metres, the map is very detailed, particularly in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Greenough did not visit India, but rather, through written correspondence with fellow geologists and military figures, he created the map using their observations from the field, alongside information from his extensive library (much of which now forms the Society’s rare books collection). There was a specific necessity for the map: the East India Company had begun to build the first railways in India in 1850 and good geological information was vital.

The map was published by the Geological Society in 1854, one year before Greenough’s death, and copies were distributed to geological societies around the world. One copy was kept for the Society, but tucked away in the basement are four other copies. Why do we have these? Well, because they were originally destined for countries with which Britain was then at war!
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  • If you would consider sponsoring the restoration of this map please contact Paul Johnson E:[email protected].

Sponsor-a-Book update

The Library wishes to thank Mr Damon De Laszlo and The De Laszlo Foundation for recently sponsoring the restoration of Richard Owen’s A history of British fossil reptiles (1849 – 1884). The very generous donation allowed us to restore all four volumes, removing rotten sewing while preserving the original buckram cases. For more information on the Sponsor-a-Book Appeal, please visit