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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 2014


Selling Skills

Ted Nield fears fieldwork is simply not the draw it was.



Adapt or die!

Jonathan Paul thinks universities are out of touch with young people and losing the plot over student recruitment.


Radwaste: factual corrections

The Editor-in-Chief sets the record straight over erroneous statements made in a recent 'Soapbox' article about radioactive waste.



Iron from the sky

Meteoritics and Egyptology recently collided in the laboratory, write Diane Johnson and Joyce Tyldesley


King of the fishes

Mike Smith* tells the tale of Arthur Smith Woodward – born 150 years ago this May - and the magnificent fossil fish collection he curated.


Society News

Policy update

The Southern Wales Regional Group recently hosted an event in Cardiff to celebrate the launch of ‘Geology for Society’.


Goodnight Vienna

Emily Milroy urges every reader who will be in Vienna to visit the Publishing House stand


Book and print sale

Michael McKimm invites readers to come and buy books and prints in May, and announces late night shopping!


Books & Arts

Book reviews

Four books revied by Catherine Kenny, Mark Griffin, John Milsom and Jason Harvey



Distant Thunder - The secret agent

Geologist and science writer Nina Morgan discovers how a geologist saved the skin of the King of France



David Barnard Thompson 1932-2013

Geoscience educator and founder member of the Association of Teachers of Geology


Duncan George Murchison 1928-2013

Father of organic petrology, distinguished academic leader and society officer


Online Special

Tales of a Woman geologist

Dr Susan Treagus tries to explain what it used to be like for a lone female geologist trying to make a career in science...


West Midlands go wild in the Lickey Hills

What sort of things do Regional Groups get up to?  Here's a typical story 'From the Regions' - the West Midlands Region, to be precise...