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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...

August 2009


Heroic age

Ted Nield reflects on the heroes of the geological past and why we envy them


Bottling the wind

Willy Stanton has an idea for making the wind blow when we need it



Bottom Line

Nina Morgan explores the history of lost collections, Devonian rocks and the Gents' loo


Nuclear and present danger

George Tuckwell engages in a little role play in Kazakhstan



Forests of the polar night

Sarah Day reports on the hippos of the Eocene Arctic


In Brief August 2009

Joe McCall on buried mountains and a tale that needs a pinch pr two of salt...


PERC Code endorsed

Pan-European Reserves and Resources Reporting Code endorsed by the Society



Recycle or die!

Sue Bowler interviews Harald Sverdrup about the looming threat of "Peak Metal"


Society News

Watson in Mayfair

The Janet Watson Lecture Theatre is opened with a celebration of Watson's life and work


Books & Arts

Reviews August 2009

Three new book reviews by Matthew Waterman, Joe Brennan and Chris Walley - and Sarah Day reviews an exhibition at Tate Modern, of works by Danish geo-artist Per Kirkeby


Thank God for Evolution?

Chris Walley discovers a thickly disguised atheist tract



Walking the roofbeam

Geoff Glasby celebrates the 90th anniversary of his Geology of India by looking at the life and work of its author, D N Wadia


Nanga Parbat - an uplifting tale - by Mike Searle

Mike Searle contributes a modern tectonic perspective of Wadia's work



Feature references


Wadia - honours and awards

Wadia received many prestigious honours and awards


In the Regions

Derby Day

Sarah Day breaches the Chalk barrier and visits the Midlands and Wales


Online Special

Taking SiLC

Kevin Eaton explains the new designation, Specialist in Land Condition