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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 2016


Mike Hanlon 1964-2016

Ted Nield pays tribute to author, journalist, geologist and founder of Jurassica, Michael Hanlon.



Black Swan Rocks

Arjan Reesink* calls for a place to publish and discuss the unforeseen from the geological record. - See more at:
Arjan Reesink* calls for a place to publish and discuss the unforeseen from the geological record. - See more at:
Arjan Reesink cals for a place to publish and discuss the unforeseen from the geological record.



After coal

After the last deep coalmine closes in the UK, what is there left for the Coal Authority to do?  Plenty, say Richard Hughes and Steven Kershaw.


Charter Flight

Stuart Millis, Chair, Hong Kong Regional Group, on the rise and rise of CGeol status in HK


Online Special

UK Geological Disposal Gains Momentum

Natalyn Ala has an update on progress towards identifying a suitable site for a geological disposal facility in the UK


Stone industries over time

Professor John R L Allen explores the history of quarrying through examining Oxford gravestones.


Society News

Presidents Day 2016

Steph Jones announces President's Day 2016


Update your record

Dave Jones urges all Fellows to update their records if they are not receiving Regional Group emails.


Geoscience Education Academy

Lack confidence teaching Earth science in the National Curriculum?  Want to develop your skills?  GEA could be for you.


From the Publishing House

Anne Davenport and Jenny Davey with latest news from the Society Publishing House.



Changing climate

Nina Morgan says attitudes about climate change are - changing.


Mind the Gap

Peter Worsley is organising a a special rail and river excursion to the Goring Gap, recreating an original trip from 1895.


Books & Arts

Books and Arts

Four new books, reviewed by Judi and Finn Barrett, Carla-Leanne Washbourne, David M Abbott Jr., and Peter Wormald.



Brian Douglas Hackman 1933-2015

International IGS/BGS geologist, fluent in eigh...


William John French 1934-2015

World expert in concrete studies, stalwart of the Geologists’ Association and founder of Geomaterials Research Ltd.